Kankakee, Illinois/Indianola, Iowa – May 2, 2013- Heartland Harvest, Kankakee, Illinois, and Harvest Innovations, Indianola, Iowa jointly announce that the companies have formed a strategic partnership to deliver new gluten free pasta and chemical free protein crisps to the food industry.
Heartland Harvest is the leading manufacturer in the United States of premium die cut snack pellets, while Harvest Innovations is leading the revolution in chemical free processing of protein concentrates and flours from healthy legumes and grains.
Dennis Bunck, Chief Operating Officer of Heartland Harvest, stated that “the two companies will join forces in their manufacturing and technical capabilities to provide exciting new gluten free pasta options to the market that are not only gluten free, but nutritious and great tasting” Barry Nadler, President of Harvest Innovations, added that “with increased consumer demands and the expansion of health food markets such as Whole Foods and Trader Joes, the growing desire for non-GMO and chemical free alternatives provide a rich field of growth opportunities for both companies.” Together, the two companies have developed gluten free pastas that have the same al dente bite as conventional pasta, and improved nutrition and flavor profiles. As Mr. Nadler stated “This pasta is not just a delivery vehicle for sauce, it tastes great and it’s good for you”.
Harvest Innovations, with plants in Indianola, Iowa and Deshler, Ohio, uses a chemical free process to produce non-genetically modified and organic, gluten free food ingredients used by some of the largest food manufacturers in North America. Harvest Innovations has invented affordable food ingredients such as, HI Concentrate, HIsolate and EggOut (all registered trademarks) in the last four years that have allowed food manufacturers to abstain from using GMO’s or chemically processed soy proteins. Additionally, Harvest Innovations has invented egg replacers and gluten free flours that allow companies to escape egg and gluten allergens.
Heartland Harvest is in the process of completing its new operation facility at 2401 East Gate Industrial Parkway in Kankakee, IL. This expansion will enable production to double from current capacity. Heartland Harvest has installed a new twin screw extrusion system, allowing them to manufacture protein crisps for use in cereals and bar applications. Heartland Harvest has also established a state-of-the-art research facility that will permit the development and testing of new and unique food ingredients. Combined with the leading scientific team of Harvest Innovations, this facility will permit both companies to significantly increase the pace of development time from concept to market.
For further information, contact Nicole Tomba, Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Harvest Innovations at Nicole.firstname.lastname@example.org.