The technology-first and highly efficient 7,500- to 15,000-cwt flour mill will be constructed in phases by a PHM Brands and NIPPN affiliate, Utah Flour Milling, in coordination with Bratney Companies, with operations expected to commence in the fourth quarter of 2024. Campbell Snacks is the snacks division of Campbell Soup Co.
The $100 million facility will be largely dedicated to Goldfish and Pepperidge Farm production. It is also an opportunity for Panhandle Milling to expand its current operational reach in the flour milling industry, said Peter Bisaccia, president of PHM Brands.
“With Bratney leading the equipment supply, engineering and construction of this strategic project, the facility will be the most modern, efficient, and technologically advanced flour milling facility in the region," Bisaccia said.
The Richmond facility will contain more than 1 million bushels of grain storage at a site which provides convenient access to main-artery truck and railway routes.
“With state-of-the-art milling, mix, pelleting and packaging capabilities, the facility will support retail, foodservice, and bulk rail and truck markets, in addition to private label production and comanufacturing," said Bisaccia.
Additionally, the new flour mill will process spring, hard and soft wheats, and will be organic, non-GMO, Kosher, Halal and GFSI-BRC certified.
The new Richmond mill will be well positioned to service the West Coast and Central markets and will create several dozen new jobs in Cache County, Utah.
"We are thrilled to have secured a long-term supply agreement with the Campbell Snacks bakery in Richmond and look forward to supporting their Goldfish expansion project," said Gina Steffens, PHM Brands CEO. "The onsite flour mill will ensure continuous flour availability for Goldfish and Pepperidge Farm cookie production while improving manufacturing performance and efficiency. Ultimately, the project in Utah is the result of critical partnerships with Campbell, NIPPN CORPORATION and Bratney Companies, which are all very important to us.”
In May, NIPPN, which operates one of Japan’s largest flour milling businesses, announced it was entering the U.S. milling market for the first time with a $25 million investment in Utah Flour Milling. At that time, Utah Flour Milling, which was established by PHM Brands in February, noted it would begin constructing a flour mill in June in Utah.
In April, PHM Brands, which owns Panhandle Milling, announced Steffens, PHM Brands former chief legal officer, would succeed John Mason and Bryan Ledgerwood as PHM Brands’ CEO. Steffens restructured the suite of companies PHM owns to returning its focus to its flour milling core.