Ohio-based Mennel Milling Company announced the acquisition of the commercial dry mix business and production equipment of Summit Hill Foods, formerly known as Southeastern Mills. Summit Hill Foods will continue to produce commercial dry mix products through January 1, 2024, at which time Mennel will transition the business to its manufacturing facilities in Caledonia, Ohio and Newton, North Carolina.
“This acquisition creates an opportunity to further invest in our bakery mix production capabilities while diversifying our customer base,” said Ford Mennel, President of the Mennel Milling Company. “Growth in our bakery mix and food service facilities promotes companywide success – leading to opportunities in our grain, flour milling, and transportation divisions as well. We buy grain directly from the farm, mill it, process it, blend in additional ingredients, and deliver a superior wholesale mix to our valued customers. It’s a niche we are proud to do well; and one we plan to continue to leverage and support our overall growth strategy.”
Headquartered in Rome, Georgia and founded in 1941, Summit Hill Foods began as a family-owned baking business and has grown into a leading branded food company with nationally recognized, premium brands and well-known, high-quality bases and sauces to support its restaurant, food service, and industrial partners.
“We are excited for this business to become a part of the Mennel Milling Company,” said Steve Goodyear, President & CEO, Summit Hill Foods. “The timing was appropriate to exit the dry mix business as we increased our focus on supporting the growth of our premium brands- Better Than Bouillon®, The Original Louisiana Hot Sauce™ and our custom bases and sauces business."
“The experienced folks in our sales, packaged products, procurement, R&D, and food safety, quality, and regulatory departments are working closely with our new partners to meet and ultimately exceed their expectations moving forward,” added Ford Mennel.