Ardent Mills was born out of a long history of community mills coming together. We are an independent joint venture by combining ConAgra Mills™ and Horizon Milling® and we have over 150 years of rich milling history. Our history is tied to the legacies of the individual mills and facilities that form us, and we’re proud to look towards the future with an appreciation of the past.
With a newly constructed steam-powered mill in Grand Island, Nebraska, Henry Koenig and Frederick Wiebe form State Central Flouring Mill. The business is later sold to Henry Glade and renamed Henry Glade Milling Company.
Four Nebraska flour mills – Henry Glade Milling Company, Ravenna Mills, Hastings Mills and Blackburn-Fury Mills – consolidate and incorporate as Nebraska Consolidated Mills, headquartered in Grand Island, Nebraska.
Seeking better access to grain markets and rail networks, the company moves its headquarters to Omaha, Nebraska.
North Pacific Grain Growers (NPGG) is formed in Lewiston, Idaho.
Farmers Union Central Exchange is formed in St. Paul, Minnesota.
GTA is formed in St. Paul, Minnesota
Nebraska Consolidated Mills expands outside Nebraska, building a new flour mill in Decatur, Alabama, in 1941.
GTA acquires Amber Milling Company.
Harvest States Milling Co acquires Amber Milling Company in Rush City, Minnesota.
The first expansion outside of the continental U.S. begins with the construction of the Molinos de Puerto Rico feed, flour and corn-milling complex in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.
Nebraska Consolidated Mills forms a joint venture feed mill in La Coruña, Spain.
A national presence is established with the acquisition of Montana Flour Mills Company.
Nebraska Consolidated Mills shareholders officially approve a new name: ConAgra, Latin for “with the land”.
Cargill acquired two Burrus Mills, Inc. flour mills in Texas.
Cargill acquired three Ross Industries, Inc. flour mills in Kansas.
ConAgra acquires the Peavey Company, becoming the largest publicly held grain merchandiser.
Cargill acquires the domestic flour milling operations of Seaboard Allied Milling Corp, with mills in Albany and Buffalo, New York; Culpeper, Virginia; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Port Allen, Louisiana; Topeka, Kansas; and Jacksonville, Florida.
NPGG and GTA merge to form Harvest States Cooperatives.
Cargill acquires Hubbard Milling Co., in Mankato, Minnesota.
Cargill builds a new flour mill in San Bernadino, California.
Harvest States Milling Co. enters into a joint venture with Miller Milling Co., giving it control of the Huron, Ohio mill.
Cargill acquires four Pillsbury Co. flour mills in Los Angeles, California; Lake City, Minnesota; Ogden, Utah; and Springfield, Illinois.
Cargill builds a new flour mill in Stockton, California.
Harvest States Milling Co. dissolves its partnership with Miller Milling, leaving it with ownership of Huron, Ohio and Rush City, Minnesota mills.
Harvest States Milling Co. begins Kenosha, Wisconsin operations.
Harvest States Milling Co. begins Houston, Texas operations.
Cargill leases the Italgrani flour mill in Ayer, Massachusetts.
Harvest States Cooperatives and Cenex, Inc. merge to form CHS Cooperatives.
ConAgra Foods introduces Sustagrain®, the highest fiber whole grain commercially available. A unique variety of barley, Sustagrain delivers three times the fiber of oats, and 10 times the fiber of brown rice.
Harvest Milling Co. begins Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania operations.
Harvest Milling Co. acquires the Fairmount, North Dakota plant from Dakota Valley Mills.
Cargill Flour Milling and Harvest States Milling announce their intent to form a limited liability company combining their flour milling businesses.
Horizon Milling, LLC is officially formed on January 11, 2002.
CHS Cooperatives is officially renamed CHS Inc.
ConAgra Foods launches Ultragrain® – the whole wheat flour with the taste, texture and mainstream appeal of white flour – and revolutionizes whole wheat foods in grocery stores and foodservice.
Horizon Milling introduces GrainWise™ Wheat Aleurone to help manufacturers add whole wheat nutrition to foods.
Horizon Milling introduces WheatSelect® white spring whole wheat flour to help manufacturers better formulate whole wheat nutrition into foods.
The ConAgra Mills brand is established to differentiate the milling business from ConAgra Foods’ other commercial businesses.
Horizon Milling G.P. is formed to purchase the grain-based foodservice and industrial businesses of Smucker Foods of Canada Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of the J.M. Smucker Company and licenses the rights to Smucker’s Robin Hood® brand for use in Canadian foodservice and industrial channels.
ConAgra Mills introduces Ancient Grains™ – amaranth, quinoa, sorghum, millet, teff and custom multigrain blends – to meet changing consumer needs and continue its tradition of innovation.
Horizon Milling refreshes brand identity to set a firm, confident foundation for future growth with its customers.
Ardent Mills is publicly announced as a proposed joint venture between ConAgra Foods, Cargill and CHS.
We announce the Ardent Mills Way, our vision and values, recognizing that we are united by our passion to nourish our customers with the highest quality ingredients.
The journey continues when we announce Denver, Colorado as the Ardent Mills future headquarters.
MAY 29, 2014
Ardent Mills’ opening celebrates the many parts coming together to make a stronger whole. Fields of possibility lie ahead of our employees, customers and communities.
FEBRUARY 26, 2015
Ardent Mills joined Field to Market®: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture as an associate member. As a leading multi-stakeholder initiative, Field to Market is working to unite the agricultural supply chain in defining, measuring and advancing sustainability in U.S. food, fiber and fuel production.
JULY 29, 2015
Ardent Mills showcased our one-of-a-kind bakery and newly-named Innovative Bakery Resources (IBR) plant in Tualatin on July 29 with an open house.
SEPTEMBER 1, 2015
Having announced our intent on August 20, Ardent Mills, shared on September 1 that we have finalized the deal to purchase the Mondelēz Canada flour mill located in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
DECEMBER 15, 2015
Leading the way to meet growing customer and consumer demand, Ardent Mills announced a new organic initiative committed to helping U.S. wheat growers double organic wheat acres by 2019.
The Ardent Mills Innovation Center, a culinary, R&D and product development support center with lab-size test mills, a wheat quality lab and a product evaluation bakery, opens in Denver, Colorado.
Ardent Mills announces Simply Milled™, a line of clean label flours with no bleach, bromate or other additives.
JANUARY 19, 2017
Ardent Mills joins Partners in Food Solutions™ as a corporate sponsor to strengthen Africa’s ability to feed its growing population.
MARCH 9, 2017
Ardent Mills introduces Great Plains Quinoa™. Ardent Mills brings predictable pricing and certainty of supply with North American grown quinoa.
Women of Wheat (WOW) Employee Resource Group is formed. WOW fosters an equitable and inclusive environment through education, networking, and career development that supports the growth and success of women across Ardent Mills.
Ardent Mills furthers commitment to organic and specialty grain sourcing by acquiring grain elevator in Klamath Falls, Oregon.
Women in Technology (WiT) Employee Resource Group is formed. WiT supports women at every stage of their career through connection, inspiration, sharing experiences, and development opportunities in an inclusive and collaborative environment.
Ardent Mills successfully led the way to meet growing industry demand for organic flour with our Organic Initiative 2019, which assisted U.S. wheat growers in doubling organic wheat acres.
Ardent Mills acquires Andean Naturals' quinoa operations in Yuba City, California, allowing Ardent Mills to offer a complete solution for quinoa and other gluten-free ingredients.
Ardent Mills announces new Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program to expand on the company’s sustainability initiatives as part of its continued commitment to positively impact the environment and local communities.
Black Excellence at Ardent Mills (BEAM) Employee Resource Group is formed. BEAM works to improve the community within the Ardent Mills family by recruiting diverse employees, providing support and resources to ensure their retention and professional growth, which in turn will create an environment that embraces and celebrates the culture of our black team members. BEAM aims to educate, inspire, and invigorate Ardent Mills and its African American, African Ancestry, Black and culturally identifying employees.
Spectrum LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group is formed. Spectrum strives to cultivate a community that is welcoming to all and is equal, inclusive, and diverse for all team members to feel safe, heard, and embraced.
Ardent Mills acquires substantially all of the assets of Hinrichs Trading Company (HTC), the North American leader in chickpea sourcing, cleaning and packaging.
Ardent Mills announces the implementation of Ardent Mills Assist in its facilities across North America. The ready-to-go mixed reality solution, built using Microsoft HoloLens 2 technology, allows Ardent Mills experts to quickly and remotely consult with customers, and increase speed to resolution.
Ardent Mills acquires substantially all the business assets of Firebird Artisan Mills, a leading gluten-free, specialty grain and pulse milling company.
Ardent Mills opens brand-new state-of-the-art Port Redwing Mill in Gibsonton, Florida. The mill builds upon Ardent Mills’ strategic growth plan by strengthening supply chain agility, increasing efficiency and product consistency, and expanding the ability to meet customer needs.