Healthy Food Ingredients expands vertical integration with two speciality mills

By Gill Hyslop

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HFI has added two new mills to support industry demand for safe, specialty milled ingredients backed by supply assurance. Pic: HFI/Shutterstock
HFI has added two new mills to support industry demand for safe, specialty milled ingredients backed by supply assurance. Pic: HFI/Shutterstock

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The Horizon Holdings-backed ingredients supplier has expanded its capabilities with the addition of two dedicated mills in North and South Dakota.

According to Jay Johnson, Health Food Ingredients’ (HFI) chief operating officer, the mills provide HFI with complete control over the safety of the speciality milled ingredients, from source to delivery.

“We manage each step, beginning with our sustainable supply chain, to deliver food safety assurance with traceability​,” said Johnson.

“With the addition of our allergen-free mill in Valley City, North Dakota, we are meeting the needs of our customers, including micro-reduction processing under our IntegriPure brand,”​ said Johnson.

No compromise in meeting safety standards

IntegriPure is HFI’s natural, chemical-free microbial reduction process, also known as MRP. It effectively reduces microorganisms while protecting the integrity and functionality of the ingredients.

The rotation-based system evenly distributes dry, saturated steam heat for consistent pasteurisation, and the quick-cooling vacuum ensures ingredient stability and quality.

HFI uses IntegriPure to process its extensive portfolio of ontrend ingredients such as non-GMO, organic and gluten-free pulses, grains, seeds, flax, expeller oils, as well as its signature Suntava Purple Corn.

The Valley City facility enhances the company’s capacity to process in-house a full range of gluten-free pulses, ancient grains and seeds into custom-milled consumer-ready flours.

The new mill in Watertown, South Dakota, on the other hand, will focus on processing clean label cereal grains – including wheat, rye, barley and sorghum – into whole, finely milled and blended offerings.

“We are pleased to create a more diverse offering of cereal grain ingredient options to meet the growing demand from manufacturers with our enhanced milling opportunities,”​ added Johnson.

Products are shipped to various industry channels including manufacturers or packed for private label retail in HFI’s facility.

HFI is supported by Horizon Holdings, a San Francisco-based private investment firm with a significant track record in successfully building private and public companies.

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