In March 2013, ConAgra Foods, Cargill, and CHS announced that the three companies had come together to form an independent joint venture – Ardent Mills, a new premier flour milling company. At that time, Bill Stoufer was named chief operating officer and chief integration officer. On May 29, 2014, Ardent Mills marked its first day supported by 40 flour mills, three bakery-mix facilities, and a specialty bakery, all located in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico.
Stoufer formerly served as president, ConAgra Mills. As senior executive officer for the mills business, he had oversight of both milling operations for the domestic mills as well as Molinos de Puerto Rico, ConAgra Mills’ Puerto Rican milling operations. In his 20+ years with ConAgra Mills, Stoufer served as a leader within several functions, including supply chain, sales, and transportation & logistics, respectively. Just prior to serving as president, Stoufer was vice president, supply chain for ConAgra Mills. During his tenure in this role, he oversaw customer operations, non-wheat procurement, and transportation and logistics. Stoufer also implemented project management within ConAgra Mills to drive accountability and speed to market for innovative new products or services.
Additionally, he had responsibility for driving sustainable change in business operations and process, which maximized value for ConAgra Foods’ shareholders. In addition, Stoufer has served in a succession of sales-related roles, most recently as vice president, sales (ConAgra Mills). Prior to moving into sales, he served in several transportation and logistics-related roles, including director, transportation & logistics (ConAgra Mills). Stoufer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Transportation & Logistics from Iowa State University. He currently resides in Denver, Colo., with his wife, Gina, and children, Mason and Riley. In his free time, you’ll find him enjoying time with family or a round of golf.