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breads

Specialty flours gain ground
Now more than ever, consumers have the ability to choose foods

the Andean Naturals family of products and capabilities at Yuba

that align with their individual values, whether that's personal

City enabled Ardent Mills to offer complete solutions for qui-

health, planetary health, supporting farmers, or digging into

noa and other gluten-free products. And the investments in the

food for the pure joy of it, explains Don Trouba, senior director,

Denver community mill allows Ardent Mills to clean and pack

go-to market, The Annex at Ardent Mills.

intact grains, pearl barley and dehull heirloom grains like emmer,

" These are all part of what we call 'Drivers of Innovation,' and

einkorn and spelt.

they influence the demand for ingredients like specialty flours,
and many of the ingredients Ardent Mills has launched over the

Cultivating relationships

last year, " Trouba says.

" Another area we have always focused on, and continue to in-

Specialty flours are extremely versatile, add unique taste and

vest in, are our farmer and grower relationships, " Trouba says. " A

texture in a seemingly endless number of applications, and hit

great example of this is the partnership we have with the quinoa

on multiple consumer trends and demands mentioned above.

farmers in Colorado's San Luis Valley. Colorado quinoa offers

All of these in combination are what's driving demand for spe-

comparable taste, texture, color, size and cook volume to South

cialty flours and grains, Trouba shares.

American quinoa and is an exceptional alternative and supple-

" At Ardent Mills we ground ourselves in data and insights to

ment to imported white quinoa. We also partner with farmers in

ensure we're providing the best innovative ingredients consum-

Idaho to grow heirloom wheats and source from organic farms

ers are demanding in a way that is viable for our customers long-

nationwide to ensure we can meet customer and consumer de-

term, " he says.

mand for specialty flours. "

Ardent Mills boasts a broad portfolio of ancient and heirloom

With the rise in personal health trends from consumers, spe-

grains, from amaranth to barley, sorghum and North and South

cialty diets like keto and low net carb continue to grow in popu-

American quinoa in a variety colors, rye, spelt, einkorn and more.

larity. Ardent Mills is always looking at what customers and con-

It's safe to say specialty flours and grains are here to stay - and

sumers care about, and the why behind it, and are continually

will continue to grow.

innovating to help meet that demand.

A recent example of how Ardent Mills is proactively setting

This is exactly how its Net Carb Flour Blend came about. As

its customers up for success is with its acquisition of Andean

a standalone ingredient, this flour blend is non-GMO, keto certi-

Naturals family of products and operations at Yuba City, Calif.,

fied, dairy-free, vegan, has no-added-sugar, and can help manu-

in 2020 and its investments at its

facturers formulate net carb and low net carb products without
compromising taste, texture, or performance.

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