May 21, 2018
PRESS RELEASE: Pipeline Foods Joins Organic Grain Collaboration
Minneapolis, MN – Pipeline Foods LLC (https://www.pipelinefoods.com/), the first U.S.-based supply chain solutions company focused exclusively on non-GMO, organic, and regenerative food and feed, is proud to announce it has joined the Organic Grain Collaboration (OGC).
The OGC is an industry effort stewarded by the Organic Trade Association and the Sustainable Food Lab. This collaboration is led by organic food companies with representatives from across the supply chain that have identified the need for collaborative action to address key challenges in expanding the supply of organic grain in the U.S.
“At Pipeline Foods, we are focused on developing sustainable supply chains in agriculture to increase the availability of organic and non-GMO grains in the U.S.,” said Erin Heitkamp, managing director of Strategy, Sustainability and Assurance for Pipeline Foods. “This type of collaboration is needed to increase the size and efficiency of regional organic grain supply chains. We believe we can play a unique role in the Organic Grain Collaboration because of our farmer relationships, investment in infrastructure and commitment to supply chain transparency and traceability.”
The OGC will achieve its goal of increasing the organic grain supply and improving the resiliency of organic grain production by:
- increasing sector knowledge on approaches to improve productivity and profitability of the organic grain farmer; and
- reducing the barriers to entry for new organic and transitional farmers.
"Organic grain sits at the intersection of sustainability and profitability for the American farmer,” said Elizabeth Reaves, senior program director, Agriculture & Environment at the Sustainable Food Lab. “The Organic Grain Collaboration is a unique example of pre-competitive leadership to improve how the sector develops to achieve long-term goals. Leadership and knowledge-gathering underpin the collective action agenda the collaboration is working to accomplish on behalf of domestic grain production, and we’re pleased to have Pipeline Foods join the ranks of our other members.”
The collaboration is working directly with farmers and other stakeholders across the supply chain in Aroostook County, Maine and in the Northern Great Plains. Pipeline Foods has already invested in one organic grain elevator in northern North Dakota and is currently building a grain terminal in Bowbells, N.D., providing strategically aligned infrastructure support for the OGC’s Northern Great Plains initiative.
April 18, 2018
PRESS RELEASE: Pipeline Foods Sponsors Mackenzie County Organic Success Program
Minneapolis, MN – Pipeline Foods LLC (https://www.pipelinefoods.com/) the first U.S.-based supply chain solutions company focused exclusively on non-GMO, organic, and regenerative food and feed, is proud to announce its sponsorship of the Mackenzie County Organic Success Program.
The global organic market, which is currently estimated at just under $90 billion USD, is continuing to grow rapidly due to consumer demand for food choices that are safe for people and the environment, and traceable back to the source. Many farmers are responding to this market demand, but struggle to make it through the required three-year transition period before they gain access to organic market premiums.
The Mackenzie County Organic Success Program is designed to support farmers in the area and strengthen Organic Alberta’s efforts to grow the organic grain industry. Over half of Alberta’s organic producers are located in the Mackenzie County region.
“We’re excited to be a part of such an invaluable program in support of Canadian farmers who want to make the transition to organic,” said Jason Charles, Market Director of North American Organics at Pipeline Foods. “Farmers are our most important partners, and it is crucial for them to have the resources they need to grow their operations and increase profitability through organic practices.”
Pipeline Foods seeks to do similar work with its Farm Profit Program (FPP) in the U.S., which is designed to help farmers capitalize on the opportunity to diversify and increase profitability through organic, regenerative production practices in partnership with Pipeline Foods.
April 9, 2018
Our Chief Executive Eric Jackson is at his alma mater, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, today to receive a 2018 College of ACES Alumni Association Award of Merit! We're proud of our fearless leader & his accomplished career!
March 29, 2018
PRESS RELEASE: Pipeline Foods Becomes Ally of Regenerative Organic Certification
Minneapolis, MN – Pipeline Foods LLC, the first U.S.-based supply chain solutions company focused exclusively on non-GMO, organic, and regenerative food and feed, is proud to announce that it has become an Ally of Regenerative Organic Certification (ROC). ROC is a holistic agriculture certification structure rooted in USDA organic standards, encompassing robust requirements that uphold three pillars: soil health and ecological land management, pasture-based animal welfare, and fairness for farmers and workers.
“Pipeline Foods is excited to partner with like-minded organizations like Patagonia, Rodale Institute, and many others to support regenerative organic agriculture,” said Pipeline Foods Chief Executive Eric Jackson. “We are committed to the economic well- being of our farmers, and to improving the well-being of the land through sustainable soil health practices, and the ROC is a strong vehicle to make sure these values are increasingly integrated throughout the entire supply chain.”
Pipeline Foods has existing relationships with over a thousand farmers across Canada and the U.S. and stands ready to approach these growers with an opportunity to supply food brand and retail needs for regenerative and organically grown row crops and ingredients.
Additionally, Pipeline Foods’ Farm Profit Program is leveraged to customize agronomic, marketing, financial, data management, and network support to its growers as theyendeavor to meet organic, ROC and other retail brand sustainability framework requirements.
Pipeline Foods is making capital investments in mid-stream assets to support growth in the organic sector and build more sustainable supply chains in agriculture. The company is actively buying all classes of organic grains, pulses and oilseeds.
November 17, 2017
November 16, 2017
Pipeline Foods LLC, the first U.S.-based supply chain solutions company focused exclusively on non-GMO and organic food and feed, today announced it is building a new state-of-the-art grain terminal in Bowbells, North Dakota. Pre-winter construction is underway in preparation for a late summer opening in 2018. The Bowbells project complements three other recent elevator acquisitions in North Dakota and Saskatchewan.
“At Pipeline Foods, our vision is to build a more sustainable supply chain in agriculture,” said Eric Jackson, chief executive of Pipeline Foods. “This is the next step in our Northern Tier strategy. Our significant investments in North Dakota and Saskatchewan infrastructure are specifically designed to support organic farmers in the region. We provide primary collection and processing points for organic grain, oilseeds and pulses, and the capability to connect this grain supply with food companies and manufacturers across North America.”
Pipeline Foods purchased the land north of Bowbells where it is constructing the new grain terminal. This is the company’s first greenfield project, strategically located adjacent to the BNSF main line railway and US Highway 52 to allow for efficient rail and truck transport. The facility will be fully automated, compliant with Food Safety Modernization Act regulations, and designed to receive, clean and blend organic crops to meet the most rigorous customer specifications and ensure transparency and traceability. Pipeline Foods is working with Weitz as the design build contractor on the project.
“We’re excited Pipeline Foods is building a facility served by BNSF and we look forward to helping meet the growing demand for organic foods in the United States,” said Sam Sexhus, group vice president of agricultural products at BNSF. “BNSF and Pipeline Foods will provide agricultural producers with efficient, competitive service to multiple markets and provide a steady supply of organics to food manufacturers.”
“The Bowbells facility will bring new jobs and tax money into the area,” said Dan Folske, North Dakota State University extension agent for Burke County. “Pipeline Foods’ primary focus on organic commodities opens a new local market for any producer considering organic production for a value-added income source. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.”
Pipeline Foods is targeting $300-500MM over the next three to five years to build a better, more sustainable supply chain in agriculture. The company is actively buying all classes of organic grains, pulses and oilseeds.
November 6, 2017
November 6, 2017
Pipeline Foods LLC, the first U.S.-based supply chain solutions company focused exclusively on non-GMO and organic food and feed, is growing its business in the Midwest. Today Pipeline Foods announced it is opening a regional office in St. Louis, Mo., positioned in the heart of a key agricultural region of the U.S. to accelerate its food and ingredient business.
"At Pipeline Foods, we want to accelerate the adoption of regenerative farming practices in the U.S.," said Eric Jackson, chief executive of Pipeline Foods. "We are bringing supply chain expertise and infrastructure to the specialty processing market in the Midwest, clearing the path for farmers who want to move to organic processing, and simplifying the supply chain for organic food and ingredients."
The Pipeline Foods St. Louis office will open near the end of the year, and will be directed by industry veteran Wade Ellis, director of food and ingredients. "Wade's general management experience, and his expertise in agribusiness and merchandising set him up well to lead the food and ingredient business for Pipeline Foods," Jackson said. Ellis and the regional team in Missouri will focus on increasing the value-added services Pipeline Foods provides across the supply chain – including clean processing of specialty grains and oilseeds into ingredients for food and feed companies. "I'm thrilled to join Pipeline Foods," said Ellis. "We will expand the portfolio of value-added services and drive a clearer path from farmers to food companies in support of growing consumer demand."
Pipeline Foods' recent acquisition and expansion of Malden Specialty Soy in southeastern Missouri complements its regional growth. Malden is the company's first large specialty processing facility – it will be an anchor for the food and ingredient division, producing hexane-free organic and non-GMO soybean meal as well as mechanical expeller-pressed oils. Through investments in infrastructure and new equipment, Pipeline Foods has doubled capacity at the Malden facility, which is now QAI organic certified and Non-GMO Project verified, complying with the highest standards for organic and non-GMO products.
October 31, 2017
MEDIA ALERT: Pipeline Foods Sponsors Organic and Non-GMO Forum - Chief Executive Eric Jackson featured as speaker
Pipeline Foods LLC, the first U.S.-based supply chain solutions company focused exclusively on non-GMO and organic food and feed, is pleased to sponsor the Organic and Non-GMO Forum Nov. 6-7, 2017.
This is the third annual Organic & Non-GMO Forum, bringing together stakeholders from across the value chain to address growing opportunities and challenges. Attendees will hear from industry experts about emerging market trends and business opportunities, and the most important current issues in the sector.
Pipeline Foods CEO Eric Jackson will speak on Monday, Nov. 6, at the beginning of the conference.
WHAT: Optimizing Logistics: Reducing Costs to Improve Farmer Returns
WHEN: Monday, Nov. 6, 2:15-3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Organic and Non-GMO Forum Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch 315 Chestnut Street St. Louis, Mo
WHO: Eric Jackson, Chief Executive of Pipeline Foods
October 26, 2017
PRESS RELEASE: Pipeline Foods Joins Multi-Sector Partnership to Advance Regenerative Agriculture in the U.S.
Pipeline Foods LLC is pleased to join Delta Institute and partners from various sectors in a three-year project to accelerate investment in regenerative agriculture practices. Funded by a USDA Conservation Innovation Grant, the initiative will identify opportunities to improve efficiencies in the investment pipeline and expand investment in – and use of – regenerative production and processing.
Pipeline Foods is the first U.S.-based supply chain solutions company focused exclusively on non-GMO and organic food and feed. "At Pipeline Foods, our vision is to build a more sustainable supply chain in agriculture," said Eric Jackson, CEO of Pipeline Foods. "We believe this starts with regeneratively grown food and sustainable farming practices. By joining this partnership with Delta Institute, we hope to grow awareness of and bring investment dollars to materialize the benefits regenerative agriculture brings to farmers, the land, and consumers."
Pipeline Foods will provide services and regenerative farming expertise to project partners throughout the duration of the project. By creating a more open and collaborative investment landscape for regenerative agriculture and equipping investors with the knowledge and tools needed to participate, this project will provide rural economic development opportunities, promote regional food systems, and ensure the resilience of our land and water resources in a changing climate.
"By bringing together partners representing different sectors and sources of capital, we can work together to reduce barriers, strengthen the business case, and develop tools to accelerate the flow of capital to regenerative agriculture," said Bill Schleizer, CEO of Delta Institute. "The agriculture industry faces ever-increasing risks, and a shift to a more climate-smart, regenerative system is necessary to ensure that our land and water resources can continue to nourish our population."
October 19, 2017
PRESS RELEASE: Pipeline Foods Announces New Farm Profit Program
The demand for organic food in America continues to grow, now making up over 5 percent of food sales in the U.S., according to the Organic Trade Association. However, production continues to lag, with the USDA reporting less than 1 percent of farmland producing organic foods. Pipeline Foods LLC, the first U.S.-based supply chain solutions company focused exclusively on non-GMO and organic food and feed, is setting out to narrow this gap. Today, Pipeline Foods announced the launch of its Farm Profit Program – developed to help farmers capitalize on the opportunity to diversify and increase profitability through organic, regenerative production practices.
"The Farm Profit Program will help to substantially increase the number of organic grain producing acres in the U.S.," said Erin Heitkamp, managing director of strategy, sustainability and assurance at Pipeline Foods, who oversees the Farm Profit Program. "Currently, the majority of organic grain consumed in the U.S. is imported. There's a huge lack of resources to help farmers realize the pride and profitability that come with organic and regenerative farming practices, and Pipeline Foods can help farmers overcome these barriers."
Pipeline Foods has tapped Anders Gurda to join its team and lead Agronomy Solutions for the Farm Profit Program. With expertise in sustainable agriculture systems, Gurda previously managed an outreach program focused on organic grain production at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. "Anders has deep expertise in research and program management focused on organic and sustainable farming systems," added Heitkamp. "We're thrilled to have him join the Pipeline Foods team, where his unique knowledge and experience in coalescing resources and building community will be invaluable."
The Pipeline Foods Farm Profit Program offers the following services:
- Economic Programs – Budget-based economic support recognizing the economic challenges that can be experienced during the conventional-to-organic transition period
- Marketing – Customized marketing arrangements for all Certified Transitional and marketable organic crops
- Crop Insurance – Help navigating the organic crop insurance program
- Agronomic Support – A three-year agronomic plan and customized, in-person advice from organic experts during the transition and beyond certification
- Access to Inputs and Equipment – Access to regionally-proven, highest value seed, fertilizer, and equipment
- Certification Support – In-person advice on achieving and retaining organic certification
- Community – Facilitated opportunities to connect with other local, interested and successful organic farmers and the larger Pipeline Nation of farmers
The Farm Profit Program has central operations out of Pipeline Foods headquarters in Minneapolis, as well as a regional office based in Malden, Mo. Pipeline Foods plans to add additional regional offices across the U.S. in 2018.
October 4, 2017
October 4, 2017
PRESS RELEASE: Pipeline Foods Acquires North Dakota Grain Elevator
Pipeline Foods LLC (www.pipelinefoods.com), the first U.S.-based supply chain solutions company focused exclusively on non-GMO and organic food and feed, today announced it has acquired a grain elevator in Lignite, North Dakota. This is Pipeline Foods' third grain elevator purchase this year as the company continues to grow its footprint in North America.
"At Pipeline Foods, our vision is to build a more sustainable supply chain in agriculture," said Eric Jackson, CEO of Pipeline Foods. "This investment in North Dakota infrastructure, accompanied by our recent grain elevator acquisitions in Saskatchewan, will provide the first primary collection point for organic grain, and the capability to connect this grain supply with food companies and manufacturers across the U.S."
Located in northwestern North Dakota, the Lignite elevator is a 3,500 metric ton (MT) facility with dual access to the Burlington Northern Sante Fe (BNSF) and Canadian Pacific railways. Lignite will supplement Pipeline Foods' storage and origination program in Saskatchewan, which will increase efficiency and allow Pipeline Foods to grow its volume and customer base in the region. Forecasted throughput for 2018 is 25,000 MT, with increasing capacity expected after initial capital investments are made.
Pipeline Foods purchased the elevator from Cenex Harvest States (CHS), which had been operating the facility to handle malting barley. "We are pleased that Pipeline Foods can continue to benefit the Lignite community with the purchase of this facility," said CHS SunPrairie General Manager Brad Haugeberg.
"The purchase of the Lignite grain elevator by Pipeline Foods is exciting for several reasons," said Dan Folske, NDSU Extension Agent for Burke County. "The elevator at Lignite is an old facility which is too small and inefficient for conventional crops in today's market, and most similar elevators have already been closed and torn down. Transitioning that facility to handling organic grains should mean that it has a viable future for years to come, with corresponding jobs and property taxes for the city of Lignite and Burke County."
Pipeline Foods has committed $300-500MM over the next three to five years to build a better, more sustainable supply chain in agriculture. The company recently announced two grain elevator acquisitions in Canada, and is actively buying all classes of organic wheat, pulses and oats.
September 28, 2017
September 20, 2017
PRESS RELEASE: Pipeline Foods Invests in Canadian Expansion
Pipeline Foods LLC, the first U.S.-based supply chain solutions company focused exclusively on non-GMO and organic food and feed, announced today the acquisition of two grain elevator facilities in Wapella and Gull Lake, Saskatchewan.
Wapella, a 3,500 metric ton (MT) facility, and Gull Lake, a 4,000 MT facility, will each serve as a primary collection point for Canadian organic grain origination in their regions (southeast and southwest, respectively). Pipeline Foods will store, screen and blend grains including barley, corn, rye, flax, lentils, oats, peas, soybeans and wheat, and then ship via truck or rail. "These investments help Pipeline Foods move quickly toward our vision of building a more sustainable organic supply chain in agriculture," said Eric Jackson, CEO of Pipeline Foods. "The Wapella and Gull Lake grain elevators place us right in the heart of Canadian organic grain production, provide a new channel for farmers to do business, and allow us to connect this grain supply with food companies and manufacturers across the U.S."
Both facilities are certified organic through Pro-Cert, which is accredited in both the United States and Canada. They are each forecasted to move an estimated 25,000 MT in 2018, with increasing capacity expected after initial capital investments are made this year.
Wapella and Gull Lake are located along the Trans-Canada Highway and the Canadian Pacific Railway, providing inbound and outbound truck and rail convenience. Pipeline's purchase of the Wapella facility includes installation of the main line rail switch, reconnecting the facility to the Canadian Pacific Railway after being out of service for over 15 years.
"We are very excited to have Pipeline Foods take over the elevator in Wapella, and about the return of trains rolling through town to pick up grain cars," said Sandy Hintz, Mayor of Wapella. "Pipeline Foods has already been very supportive of community fundraisers and projects. The addition of staff at the elevator will create more support for our local businesses, and Pipeline Foods' big investment in elevator infrastructure will create additional tax revenue for our town."
"I recently had an opportunity to tour the Pipeline Foods Facility and was impressed with the current operations and planned upgrades," said Gull Lake Mayor Blake Campbell. "Our local businesses keep our community strong, and we are very pleased to welcome Pipeline Foods to Gull Lake."
Organic grain production has grown steadily in southern Saskatchewan, largely in response to consumer demand for organic grains, and supported by the diverse crop rotation in the region. Organic cropping benefits from weed and pest control without the use of synthetic inputs due to a more diverse, longer crop rotation.
"Our expansion through these two facilities will enable Pipeline Foods to cultivate closer relationships with producers, ensure a clean and transparent supply, and ultimately offer better value for our customers," Jackson said.
Pipeline Foods is pursuing opportunities to invest $300-500MM over the next three to five years to build a better, more sustainable supply chain in agriculture. Pipeline Foods is actively buying all classes of organic wheat, pulses and oats.
September 6, 2017
PRESS RELEASE: Introducing Pipeline Foods: The First Exclusively Organic and Non-GMO Supply Chain Company Based in the U.S.
Pipeline Foods LLC, the first supply chain solutions company focused on non-GMO and organic food and feed, announced today the launch of its global operations, based in Minneapolis, Minn.With a vision to accelerate the availability of healthy and regeneratively grown food and feed, Pipeline Foods is making significant investments in assets to support growth in organic and non-GMO grains, provide professional expertise to farmers and food companies, and partner with like-minded individuals and organizations.
Though the organic food industry is fast growing and highly competitive, the majority of companies focus on specific segments or individual commodities. In contrast, Pipeline Foods specializes in a wide range of services throughout the supply chain – making it the first company positioned to support both farmers and food companies in a more holistic, transparent way.
"Pipeline Foods is eager to invest in supply chain solutions that bring value to the organic and non-GMO grain and oilseed industry," said Eric Jackson, CEO of Pipeline Foods. "We will put more profits back into the hands of the farmers, create dependability and transparency for food companies, and offer unique investment opportunities for financial partners."
In support of the broader team in Minneapolis and as part of its commitment to establish a local presence in all markets in which it operates, Pipeline Foods has also established regional headquarters in Winnipeg, Canada; and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Collectively the global team currently numbers over 40 employees. "In order to capitalize on the opportunity to invest $300-500MM in this sector over the next 3-5 years, we must have a strong team in all operational areas. Having been in agriculture for almost 35 years, I have been very impressed with the quality of the individuals we've recruited to participate in our important mission," said Jackson.