Dawn Foods cements Canadian footprint with Ardent Mills deal

By Gill Hyslop contact

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Dawn Foods has acquired Ardent Mills' Burlington mix facility. Pic: Ardent Mills
Dawn Foods has acquired Ardent Mills' Burlington mix facility. Pic: Ardent Mills

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Global bakery ingredient manufacturer Dawn Food Products has finalized a deal with Ardent Mills to acquire its Canadian sweet ingredient business, along with its mix facility in Ontario.

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The move expands Dawn’s reach to its Canadian customers and allows both companies to focus on their core capabilities: Dawn on its bakery ingredient offerings and Ardent Mills on its flour business.

Ardent Mills – the largest flour supplier in North America – will continue to supply flour to the Burlington facility under Dawn’s ownership.

The facility makes a variety of mixes – including bread, brownie, cake, cookie, Danish, donut, muffins, pie crust and pizza dough – for the industrial, institutional and wholesale markets.

Expanding capabilities

“The acquisition of Ardent Mills’ Burlington plant will provide increased access to our industry-leading products for our Canadian customers,”​ said Carrie Jones-Barber, CEO of Dawn Foods.

“As we continue to focus our business on bakery ingredients, expanding our capabilities in Canada allows us to deliver our targeted insights, innovations, products and bakery expertise to even more bakeries across the country, empowering them to achieve their aspirations.”

Dan Dye, CEO of Ardent Mills, added, “This mutually beneficial acquisition allows us to step away from sweet ingredient mixes and concentrate on flour and savory mixes.

“Our team members and customers in Canada will be well taken care of by Dawn and we are committed to a smooth transition.”

Dawn Foods, which is headquartered in Jackson, Michigan, partners with more than 40,000 artisanal and retail bakers, foodservice leaders and manufacturers in more than 100 countries.

Ardent Mills’ operations are supported by 40 flour mills and bakery-mix facilities – along with a specialty bakery and Mobile Innovation Center – all located in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico. The Denver, Colorado-headquartered flour producer employs more than 100 certified millers, supporting thousands of local jobs and contributing billions of dollars to local economies.

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