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Whole Grains: Life insurance you eat

Bob Moore - Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods
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Bob Moore will talk about the value of including whole grains in your diet every day. Bob's Red Mill is constantly developing new recipes, so it's easy to make whole grains a part of every meal. Moore will talk about the company's commitment to provide whole grains to the world, about its manufacturing facilities, and about its dedication to providing safe, gluten-free foods to those who desire them. Up-to-date information will be shared about nutrition before and during pregnancy and during the first 1,000 days of life (from conception through the age of 2-1/2).

Speaker Bio

Bob Moore’s wife, Charlee, always valued and provided whole-grain foods for him and their three boys. This, coupled with a chance reading in 1968 of a book about old stone grinding flour mills, started Moore searching for usable stone mills from the 1800s. He was able to acquire several sets of millstones from an old North Carolina water-powered flour mill and set up their first milling operation in Redding, Calif.

In 1978, the couple moved to the Portland, Ore., area to retire. Moore’s milling enthusiasm soon resurfaced. Together, they opened a one-of-a-kind business in an old mill building near historic Oregon City, Ore., stone grinding grains into flours and cereals and blending whole-grain mixes for the Portland area.

The story of Bob’s Red Mill is one of continuous growth through the years. In 2007, the company moved to a larger facility: 325,000 square feet on 17 acres. The company now employees 350 full-time employees working three shifts.

On February 15, 2010 (Moore’s 81st birthday), he gave the company to his employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). An ESOP provides an orderly transition of ownership from the current owners to the employees and ensures that the company will enjoy continued operation by the same employees that helped it grow.

With roots in natural foods, the business has flourished across the United States, where its products can be found in supermarket chains, specialty grocery stores and health and natural food stores. Bob’s Red Mill products can also be found on store shelves in 80 countries around the world.

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