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Bob Moore, the man pictured on Bob’s Red Mill labels, still comes to work every day and is just as passionate about whole grains as he was when he established the company nearly 40 years ago with a single old-fashioned stone mill.

Bob’s interest in the old-world technique of stone milling actually began in the 1960s when he and his wife, Charlee, acquired their first stone mill in California. The couple sold it when they “retired” to Oregon in 1978, but when Bob took an afternoon walk and stumbled across a defunct mill, he just couldn’t resist. Soon they had the mill up and running, and they have continued milling grains ever since, even after a 1988 fire destroyed the building. They rebuilt in Milwaukie, Oregon, and the facility has grown to 320,000 square feet.

Bob’s Red Mill now offers hundreds of products — many of them organic or gluten free — ranging from flours, grains, beans and seeds to baking mixes and soup mixes. Bob’s offers more than 20 varieties of oats alone! The technology used to create them has changed little over the years.

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“Our stone mills grind slowly at cool temperatures to ensure the most nutritious part of the grain remains,” Bob explains. “We don’t add anything or remove anything. One hundred pounds of whole grains go in the mill, one hundred pounds come out.”

Yet the company has always stayed on the cutting edge when it comes to gluten-free products, which they started offering more than a decade ago.

“We have a dedicated facility where only gluten-free products are milled and packaged,” Bob says. “Our in-house lab takes samples and tests to verify purity and make sure every ingredient is truly gluten free and meets our standards.”

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The same trust and integrity that earns Bob’s Red Mill a loyal customer following has also kept their employees happy, and many have stayed with the company for more than 30 years. In 2010, on his 81st birthday, Bob decided to thank them for their dedication by giving employees the company through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan.

As a business leader whose mantra and biography title is People Before Profit, Bob believes the people best suited to run his company in the future are the ones who built it from scratch.

What are some cool things you’re making with Bob’s Red Mill ingredients?

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Manz Hague says …

We have been using Macro Plain & Macro Self Raising Flours in our café for the last year, occasionally trying different brands but with very little success. We have NO bad outcomes from the Macro but we can no longer buy Macro as it has been removed from our suppliers shelves. Any help you could give would be gratefully received.

Bea W says …

I can't seem to find your Bob's Red Mill date sugar in the bag. I live in Reseda, California, 91335. Can you let me know if you still make this and if you do where can I go to buy it?

Megan says …

@BEA, Selection varies by store, so it would be best to call your local store to see if they carry it. However, you can purchase date sugar directly from www.bobsredmill.com

Bobbi Tuttle says …

I have been eating my husbands famous pies "Tuttle's Homemade" for the past 6 years and now I am gluten free for medical reasons. I needed to find him a good gluten free pie crust recipe and everything points to Bob's Red Mill. I will let you know how it turns out. We have been buying Bob's products for years and now he is in the restaurant business so if it turns out well we will need to see if we can buy in bulk.

Chris says …

Been using BRM products for a while. But lately, trying to back GF and looking for GF Cornstarch which I cannot seem to find in two stores already. Does WF carry this? thx

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@CHRIS - Our exact products differ between stores. Check with your local store to see if they can order a GF option or you since our buying is done at the store/regional level.

Bonnie Lewis says …

I've loved Bob's Red Mills products for decades. There are none better! Lately I've been making his NO-KNEAD ARTISAN bread. It is the easiest & best recipe ever! Through the years I've baked every kind of bread including sourdough using Red Mills flour. This recipe is so easy and if you haven't tried it you must! There's nothing you can do that will ruin it! I have let it set for 9hrs or 11hrs-stillis delicious! Actually, the longer rise gives it a little sourdough flavor. Also, it stays moist! I live in a desert but I found it best to not close the wrapper tightly Everyone I have given some to absolutely loved it! Thanks for all the care you give your products. Keep up the good work!

James says …

I have been looking for Bob's Red Mill "wheat bran" at Whole Foods to no avail. I shop at Prospect ave in Milwaukee

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@JAMES - Were you able to ask at the Prospect store if they were out of stock or if they could special order it for you?

j lange says …

DOES WHOLEFOODS CARRY & SELL YOUR GLUTEN FREE MUESLI # 1973C16 ?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@J LANGE - Our exact options will differ between stores, check with your local store to see if they carry this option packaged.

Robbyn says …

Does WH carry Bobs Mill dry milk?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@ROBBYN - Our exact options differ between stores. Check with your local store to see if they have this in stock!

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