For Immediate Release
July 18, 2014
Function-O Foods Announces Creation of Firebird Artisan Mills
New niche milling operation supplies gluten free and organic flours and mixes
Leawood, KS — July 18, 2014 — Today Function-O Foods announced the formation of a new milling company, Firebird Artisan Mills focused on supplying specialized food ingredients to the consumer packaged goods industry. Firebird Artisan Mills includes acquiring the assets of Dakota Prairie Organic Flour Co., a milling operation in Harvey, North Dakota.
“Organic flours and gluten-free crops such as ancient grains continue to expand their importance in the marketplace,” said Dennis Krause, CEO of Function-O Foods. “We are excited to collaborate with innovative brands that can leverage organic and specialty ingredients such as quinoa, amaranth, flax and buckwheat to make healthy and great tasting flours and mixes.”
Function-O Foods is headquartered with parent company Agspring in the Kansas City area with a growing scope of operations across the United States. Currently, Function-O Foods also sells a premium quality, healthy protein product line, Simply Essentials, to the foodservice market available through US Foods in the Midwest. Firebird local operations will be managed by Mike Gorbitz, who brings more than 20 years of grain and food ingredient experience to the new company.
“Our certified and lab-tested flours and mixes are designed to be healthy, great tasting options,” said Mike Gorbitz, President of Firebird Artisan Mills. “Our gluten free ingredients are milled, blended and packaged in a certified, dedicated gluten-free facility to eliminate the risk of contamination.”
Firebird Artisan Mills holds a number of certifications including International Certification Services Gluten-Free and NOP Organic, USDA Organic, European Union Organic Standard, Japan Organic, British Retail Consortium (BRC) and Blue Ribbon Kosher.
About Function-O Foods
Function-O Foods, benefits from the financial strength and vertically integrated supply chains of Agspring to bring novel consumer food ingredient products to market through a variety of channel partners. The company focuses on functional foods with tangible attributes backed by science and real health benefits
Agspring combines entrepreneurial teams, essential agriculture supply chains, and superior capital partners for global success feeding our changing world. Deep equity and credit relationships provide Agspring a solid platform for capital improvement and expansion. Agspring maintains decentralized operations and puts leadership teams in place who desire to grow into new markets including grains and oilseeds; livestock feed ingredients; and consumer food ingredients.
Function-O Foods, Firebird Artisan Mills and Agspring are trademarks of Agspring, LLC. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.
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