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Ardent Mills flour mill in Streetsville, Ont. helps the Ministry of Natural Resources and Fishery (MNRF) protect the Credit River

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Ardent Mills team members contribute efforts to the annual salmon spawning.

STREETSVILLE, Ont.—What do flour and fish have in common? In Streetsville, Ontario, they have the Credit River, where salmon spawn every fall, and team members at the local Ardent Mills Flour Mill help the Ministry of Natural Resources and Fishery (MNRF) protect the river, designated as “sanctuary land,” from poaching.

This important effort allows salmon to spawn every year and the Ministry to collect the eggs to restock the lakes in Ontario.

“The flour mill was built in1835 along the banks of the Credit River which provided a great location and a significant water flow to power the mill until the late 1950s,” says Ardent Mills Streetsville plant manager Anthony Pracek. “Today the Credit River provides beautiful scenery behind the mill, where the salmon spawn nearby, either below the dam or beyond the fish ladder.”

Ardent Mills Canada general manager Buck VanNiejenhuis says that, “Ardent Mills is committed to giving back to the communities where we are fortunate to do business. In our Canadian headquarters in Mississauga, Ont., a team of employees serves breakfast at a local school every other Monday.”

He adds: “Each spring, as part of Ardent Mills’ company-wide Month of Service across Canada, the U.S. and Puerto Rico, all our employees are given opportunities to participate in local volunteer events ranging from park clean ups to food sorting at the food bank.”

The Credit River community collaboration is a great local conservation story and another example how Ardent Mills is making difference, according to VanNiejenhuis.

Anthony Pracek, Ardent Mills Plant Manager at the Streetsville Mill.

“As responsible corporate citizens, Ardent Mills team members pursue sustainability and environmental improvements that benefit our team members, our customers, and our communities. Being stewards of the river is just one way we can contribute in Streetsville,” says VanNiejenhuis.

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About Ardent Mills
Ardent Mills is a premier flour-milling and ingredient company providing innovative and nutritious grain-based solutions. Ardent Mills’ operations and services are supported by more than 40 flour mills and bakery-mix facilities along with a specialty bakery and Mobile Innovation Center, all located in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. Deeply rooted in communities throughout North America, Ardent Mills is headquartered in Denver, Colorado, and employs more than 100 certified millers, supporting thousands of local jobs and contributing billions of dollars to local economies. To learn more about Ardent Mills, visit


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