This Earth Day, Kocher Foods International, takes a huge leap into the battle against climate change, by opening Regenerative Mills, a $250,000 flour mill, in an effort to drive market expansion of regenerative agriculture. Regenerative agriculture is an environmentally friendly growing practice that leads to increased soil fertility, increased water retention and lower carbon emissions, a key element in the fight against climate change.
Regenerative Mills will process gluten-free grains that come directly from regenerative farms. In turn, this flour will be used in all of their pizza crusts and products. Around the World Gourmet, also owned by Kocher Foods International, is a leading producer of gluten-free, allergen-free, plant-based, vegan pizza crusts and other products that are sold to restaurants, groceries, and other locations around the United States, including Pizza Joe’s, a 42-unit chain out of Western Pennsylvania.
Jennifer Kocher, founder and president of Kocher Foods International, states that her mill will solve a problem in the supply chain for companies desiring clean, regenerative products. She believes that regenerative food is the next step in the future of the food industry giving consumers a sense of connection to the foods they eat and give to their children. She also states that regenerative farming and bringing regenerative foods to market can help battle climate change all while bringing a more nutrient-dense product to the consumer.
Kocher says that the very first flour to be made will be from both brown and white rice and expand to regeneratively grown agriculture including millet, sorghum, and vegetables, such as cauliflower and mushrooms.
Ribbon cutting for Regenerative Mills will take place at 4:00 pm April 22nd at their location at 112 2nd Ave Bellaire, Ohio.
This venture included support from Wesbanco, Unified Bank, and a $50,000 JobsOhio Inclusion Grant for the acquisition of this new mill. The company estimates the investment will dramatically increase product sales in out-of-state markets.