FARGO, N.D. — Healthy Food Ingredients has agreed to acquire Heartland Flax, a manufacturer of flax and flax oil and based in Valley City, N.D. The transaction, expected to close this fall, will add to H.F.I.’s portfolio of non-bioengineered/non-G.M.O., organic and gluten-free ingredients, including pulses, grains, seeds, soybeans, expeller oils and Suntava purple corn.
Heartland Flax has a 5-log micro-reduction process in a gluten-free Global Food Safety Initiative (G.F.S.I.) facility. The company has capabilities for ancient grain processing, retail packaging and availability of climate-controlled warehouse facilities. Heartland Flax works with North Dakota State University and the Northern Crops Institute, both based in Fargo.
“This acquisition perfectly aligns with our strategic plan to grow H.F.I. through selective brand additions and new, innovative healthy ingredients to feed consumer demand for health and wellness,” said Brad Hover, chief executive officer of Fargo-based H.F.I. “We’re excited to form additional strategic partnerships with farmers and food manufacturers, from seed to the food products that nourish lives.”H.F.I.’s family of companies includes SK Food International, Hesco/Dakota Organic Products and Suntava.