Rabo Agri Finance Reviews U.S. Flour Milling SectorThu, 13 Nov 2014 13:07:54 CST
The Rabobank Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory (FAR) group has finalized a new report, “Ag Focus – Grist for the Mills: New Opportunities in the U.S. Flour Milling Sector.” We have a full summary of the report which you can review by clicking on the PDF link below.
The author of the report is Stephen Nicholson, Vice President for Food and Agribusiness Research and Advisory for Rabo Agrifinance. Farm Director Ron Hays talked with Nicholson at the National Association of Farm Broadcasters annual meeting in Kansas City about the report- you can listen by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.
According to the report, the recent merger of Horizon Milling and ConAgra Milling to form Ardent Mills has created the largest structural change in the history of the U.S. flour milling industry. Major drivers of consolidation in the U.S. flour milling sector are:
• changes in consumer preferences
• consolidation in the bakery sector
• the drive to cut costs through improvements in efficiencies
• changing business strategies.
The report finds the recent consolidations do not spell doom for the remaining players; rather they create opportunities for these companies to compete by identifying niche products, geographic advantages, and strategic customers and partners.
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