Cargill, CHS plan new flour mill for Guelph

The flour milling partnership between U.S. agrifood giants Cargill and CHS has bought 27 acres at Guelph, Ont. where it plans to build a new mill in the next three years.

Horizon Milling on Tuesday announced the site for its third Canadian mill, and the first since it bought its way into Canadian flour milling five years ago.

The expected cost and scope of the project were not released Tuesday. The company said details about the new plant’s design and timing will be announced "in the future."

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The new plant is expected to primarily serve Minneapolis-based Horizon’s food processing customers in the southwestern Ontario market, the company said.

Its grain, meanwhile, will be "predominantly sourced from Canadian farmers in both Eastern and Western Canada."

As a "completely new complex," the Guelph facility "will represent the future in flour mills," Horizon president Dan Dye said in a release.

"(W)e will incorporate the latest technologies in the industry and design the site to allow farmers easy access for deliveries and efficient rail and truck loading systems, among other innovations."

The company added Tuesday that it "anticipates bringing 15 to 20 new jobs to Guelph as the facility nears completion."

Horizon’s operations in Canada include the former Robin Hood flour mills at Montreal and Saskatoon, both bought from J.M. Smucker Co. in July 2006. A third mill obtained in that deal, at Port Colborne, Ont., was shut down in 2008.

Horizon also has the rights to use the Robin Hood brand to market flour in the industrial and foodservice sectors, while co-packing flour for Smucker to sell under the Robin Hood brand at retail.

Horizon, which CHS’ Harvest States Milling arm and Cargill formed in 2002, also operates 19 mills across the U.S.

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