MILWAUKEE, Ore. — Bob Moore, founder of Bob's Red Mill, died Saturday, company officials confirmed. He was 94 years old when he celebrated this day in February last year.
“Bob's legacy will live on forever in all of us who had the opportunity to work with him, and Bob's Red Mill will continue to support Bob's Red Mill in the future.”・It is infused into the Mill brand.” “He has done everything in his power to leave us on a strong path forward. We all feel a responsibility and a drive to maintain his old-fashioned approach to unprocessed foods. His commitment to high quality ingredients. And his generosity to employee owners and educational institutions focused on nutritional health.”
Moore's passion for healthy foods and whole grains led him to found the company in 1978. The Milwaukee-based company started serving Portland, but quickly grew into a national brand, offering more than 200 products in more than 70 countries, he says. .
Moore also established an employee stock ownership plan on his 81st birthday in 2010, allowing more than 700 employees to own the company. The company said he remained a member of the board of directors until his death.
“I haven't retired yet,” he told KGW on his 94th birthday with a laugh. “I'm very happy to be living the life I have now.”
Moore and his late wife Charlie were named Honorary Beavers for their contributions to Oregon State University, where they helped fund the Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition, and Preventive Health in the College of Health and Human Sciences. We also established research programs across the state, including the Bob and Charlie Moore Nutrition & Wellness Institute at Oregon Health & Science University.
According to company officials, Mr. Moore passed away peacefully at his home. He is survived by three sons, Ken, Bob Jr. and David; his daughters-in-law Dora, Barbara, Ashley and Terry; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life is being planned and details will be released in the future, Bob's Red Mill added.