Bob’s Red Mill Founder Passes Away at 94

( – Bob Moore was the face of Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods. The whole-grain food company was a favorite of vegans and other health food enthusiasts. Sadly, Moore has now passed away.

According to the company’s website, Moore passed away at his Milwaukie, Oregon, home on February 9. He was 94 years old. The statement said the founder would be “remembered for his larger-than-life personality, his leadership and passion for whole grains, his strong work ethic […] and his generosity.”

Moore created the company in 1978 with his wife, Charlee Moore. The couple transformed it from a small private company to a global empire. They sold flours, cereals, stone-ground grains, and other products. The annual sales were reportedly well over $100 million annually. It has over 700 employees and sells products in more than 70 countries.

Moore was born in Portland in 1929. When he graduated high school, he went on to serve three years in the Army. He married his wife in 1953 after they met on a blind date. Before founding the company, Moore managed a JC Penney auto shop in California. It was there that he read a book written by George Woodbury, a Harvard anthropologist, who wrote about his efforts to restore a New Hampshire mill. Moore liked the book so much, he started to think he could run his own mill. So, he began sending letters to millers all over America and eventually purchased one in North Carolina. The Moores’ Flour Mill was founded in 1974 with Charlee and two of their boys.

Before Moore turned 50, he gave the mill to his kids. He then moved to Portland, where he enrolled at Western Evangelical Seminary. A fire destroyed the mill in 1988 and he moved its headquarters to Milwaukie, where it went from about 18,000 square feet to 60,000 square feet. Over the years, numerous offers to buy his company were made by food giants, but he refused. In 2010, on his 81st birthday, he created the Employee Stock Ownership Plan. In 2020, 100% of the company was owned by the 700 employees.

Moore’s wife died in 2018. He’s survived by their three sons, nine grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

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