Ardent Mills to acquire Firebird Artisan Mills

Ardent Mills has announced its intention to acquire all the business assets of Firebird Artisan Mills.

Ardent Mills (Denver, CO) has announced its intention to acquire all the business assets of Firebird Artisan Mills (Harvey, ND) as part of the company’s continued focus on building upon its existing wheat flour and plant-forward business. Firebird Artisan Mills is a part of the operating holding company Agspring (Leawood, KS). The parties continue their due dilligence and expect the deal to close by the end of 2021. Once complete, Ardent Mills will acquire Firebird’s portfolio of gluten-free, organic and non-GMO products, providing additional supply chain assurance, and add additional capabilities to the Ardent Mills’ R&D, technical, food safety and quality assurance teams. 

"Firebird Artisan Mills has been a collaborative and well-established partner of ours in the gluten-free and specialty ingredients space since the formation of Ardent Mills. They have proven again and again to go above and beyond for their customers,” said Dan Dye, CEO of Ardent Mills, in a press release. “They also share similar values, and commitment to safety and innovation, which is why this expected acquisition makes so much sense. We're looking forward to having the Firebird team join the Ardent Mills family.”

Mark Beemer, CEO of Agspring, the operating holding company of Firebird, said Arden Mills shares its same values for food safety and quality assurance. “Ardent Mills has the right expertise in bringing together strong network supply chains and operating as a nimble and flexible company,” he said.