The Indian Harvest story began in the pastoral northern Minnesota town of Bemidji. Surrounded by pristine lakes and pine forests, a local couple started the little company in 1978 under the name “Consolidated Wild Rice”. That first major product, wild rice – often called “The Caviar of Grains” – grows abundantly in the shallow lakes and rivers of northern Minnesota. One year later, the company changed its name to Indian Harvest to better reflect the spirit and heritage involved in the harvest of the wild rice grain, the company’s primary focus in those early years.
Over the years, as wild rice grew as an increasingly popular delicacy food, the company grew along with it. Recognizing the potential of the product and quality of the organization, a portion of Indian Harvest was bought out in 1987 by Duininck Brothers, a third-generation family owned company of Prinsburg, Minnesota, who quickly expanded the focus of the company to include a variety of grains and legumes.
Quality, Innovation and Sustainability became the rallying cry of Indian Harvest. The wild rice industry was quickly evolving as the popularity of the product grew. In the 1950‘s farmers first found success cultivating wild rice in shallow paddies, making the process of growing and harvesting the product more efficient. Minnesota, a primary source of wild rice to the world, was soon joined by California as a major producer of the product. Today, approximately 95% of all the wild rice on the market is cultivated paddy rice grown in Minnesota or California.
Indian Harvest has become the company of choice for rice, grains, and legumes by the many of the nation’s top restaurants, caterers, and culinary institutions because of the quality and uniqueness of their products. Personal investment in each of the varieties, relationships with growers; locally and across the globe; and the commitment to people all along the way makes the journey of each Indian Harvest product to you something we are very proud of, and is something we know carries through to your creations. As Indian Harvest’s products evolve and expand, quality, customer service, and dedication to the planet remain the top priority. With this in mind, Indian Harvest will endeavor to remain the premium supplier of signature blended rice, grain and legume products.