ADM acquires specialty pasta business

by Holly Demaree
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Caterina Foods makes specialty gluten-free and high-protein pastas.

CHICAGO — Archer Daniels Midland Co. has acquired the assets of Caterina Foods, a manufacturer of specialty gluten-free and high-protein pastas. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Vince Macciocchi, ADM
Vince Macciocchi, president of ADM’s Wild Flavors and Specialty Ingredients business

“ADM is continuing to deliver on our strategy to create shareholder value by expanding our capabilities downstream in the value chain,” said Vince Macciocchi, president of ADM’s Wild Flavors and Specialty Ingredients business. “Caterina is a toll processor for our majority-owned Harvest Innovations and will be a key part of our growth plans for that important business. The addition of the Caterina business gives us yet another way in which to meet the needs of health-conscious consumers — in this case expanding our ability to produce specialty pastas from legumes and grains other than wheat.”

Caterina makes gluten-free and high-protein pastas in a variety of shapes and sizes from flours made from corn, lentils, peas, rice, quinoa and many other grains and legumes. Caterina Foods, based in Lake Bluff, Ill., has about 60 employees.

In February, ADM purchased a controlling stake in Harvest Innovations, a producer of minimally processed, expeller-pressed soy proteins, oils and gluten-free ingredients. Products range from non-G.M.O. soy chips, expeller-pressed soy flour and textured vegetable protein, to the industry’s only organic soy crisps, to gluten-free flours and pastas.

“Since we purchased a controlling stake in Harvest Innovations, we have continued to see increased demand for gluten-free and other non-wheat pastas,” Mr. Macciocchi said. “Together, Harvest and Caterina will allow us to streamline our operations while expanding our capabilities in this growth area. We are looking forward to finding new ways to expand and advance the Harvest and Caterina businesses, and working with customers across the country to meet their ingredient needs for health-conscious consumers.” 
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