ADM acquires PE-backed Specialty Commodities

Archer Daniels Midland Company has bought Specialty Commodities, a portfolio company of Goldner Hawn Johnson & Morrison. No financial terms were disclosed. Deloitte Corporate Finance provided financial advice to SCI on the transaction. SCI is a health-focused ingredients supplier.


CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Deloitte Corporate Finance LLC (“DCF”) acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Specialty Commodities, Inc. (“SCI”), a portfolio company of Goldner Hawn Johnson & Morrison, Inc. (“GHJ&M”), in its sale to Archer Daniels Midland Company (“ADM”). SCI is a leading originator, processor and distributor of specialty ingredients, including natural and organic nuts, fruits, seeds, legumes, and ancient grains. SCI will become part of ADM’s new WILD Flavors and Specialty Ingredients business unit.

“DCF’s deep transaction and industry experience added value throughout the entire sale process. DCF’s sector knowledge was vital to us finding the right partner in ADM. SCI’s suppliers, colleagues and customers will benefit from ADM’s world-class innovation, supply-chain and manufacturing capabilities. And with our complementary geographies, similar business models, and shared focus on quality and customers, we see a bright future for the business,” said Larry Leitner, founding partner and CEO of SCI.

“SCI spent 25 years honing its imported and domestic specialty ingredient sourcing and quality assurance business. SCI’s continued investment in diverse offerings in the specialty ingredient sector allowed us to position the company as an industry leader and differentiated platform for ADM’s consideration,” said Lorin DeMordaunt, managing director and Consumer and Retail group lead, Deloitte Corporate Finance LLC.

About Specialty Commodities, Inc.
For over 25 years, SCI has offered a full line of natural and organic products such as nuts, seeds, ancient grains, spices, dehydrated fruits and other ingredients. Its corporate headquarters is in Fargo, North Dakota; it has two processing facilities in California, locations in New Jersey, Illinois, and Minnesota, and does business in countries including China, Bolivia, Argentina, Brazil, India, South Africa, and Australia. Learn more at

About Archer Daniels Midland Company
For more than a century, the people of ADM have transformed crops into products that serve the vital needs of a growing world. Today, ADM is one of the world’s largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers, with more than 33,000 employees serving customers in more than 140 countries. With a global value chain that includes more than 470 crop procurement locations, 285 ingredient manufacturing facilities, 40 innovation centers and the world’s premier crop transportation network, ADM connects the harvest to the home, making products for food, animal feed, chemical and energy uses. Learn more at

About Goldner Hawn Johnson & Morrison, Inc.
GHJ&M was founded in 1989 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For over twenty years GHJ&M has been a source of private capital to leading lower middle market companies located in the Midwest. GHJ&M’s investment philosophy centers on the principle of partnership. Through strong collaborative partnerships with business owners, management teams, financing sources, and professional advisors GHJ&M has built a track record of creating value in the companies in which the fund invests. Learn more at

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