Bob's Red Mill
A Leader in Gluten Free
For over 30 years, the Bob's Red Mill family has been committed to providing the very best in Gluten Free flours, cereals, baking mixes, and grains for their friends on Gluten Free diets. So you could say they know a thing or two about what it takes to make a wide variety of the best products available. You see, they thoroughly batch test every Gluten Free product in their quality control laboratory upon delivery, during production and after packaging.
To assure the integrity of all of their Gluten Free products, they adhere to a standard of no more than 19 parts per million of gluten. They've even built a separate Gluten Free packaging division complete with specialized machinery to make sure that the products maintain purity - just as nature intended. By going to these lengths, they're able to ensure that folks with wheat allergies, celiac disease, and gluten intolerance can trust that Bob's Red Mill products are safe to consume.
Dedicated to Sourcing the Purest Grain Available
By now, you folks realize that Bob's Red Mill provides the country's safest and best Gluten Free products available. But this didn't just happen overnight; they learned through the years that it takes passion and dedication to make sure gluten free products are actually gluten free. Take the Gluten Free Oats for example: people on gluten free diets never thought it possible to include oats because of the stories told of cross-contamination from gluten- containing grains like wheat, rye, and barley.
Fortunately, Bob's Red Mill can guarantee that gluten contamination stops at the source. The Gluten Free Oats come from specialized farms located in an isolated region of Saskatchewan, Canada. There, expert farmers grow oats in the very best conditions that include dedicated fields, without the usual risk of cross-contamination. So if you want the very best quality product, look for the 'Gluten Free' symbol on the packaging - it's your guarantee that it has passed lab testing and is of the highest quality.
Preserving Nutrition Through Tradition
At Bob's Red Mill, they know that you can't rush quality. That's why they manufacture their products using time-honored techniques, like grinding whole grains at cool temperatures with a traditional stone mill. This production 'secret' allows them to seal in the freshness, bringing you wholesome, quality foods, just as nature intended. Bob's beautiful stone grinding mills are much like the ones used during early Roman times, and their quartz millstones remain the best way to produce the finest products available. Unlike high-speed steel rollers, their stone mills ensure the most nutritious parts of the whole grain remain, so the all-natural goodness is packed right into your bag.
Milling, Testing, Packaging, Distributing - All Under One Roof
Bob's Red Mill has known from the first day they opened their doors in 1978 that to make the best products possible, they'd have to be able to do it all by themselves. And with their state-of-the-art milling, packaging, and distribution facility located right in Milwaukie, Oregon, they're able to guarantee quality, every step of the way.
Bob's Red Mill takes great pride in handling all aspects of the production process in-house, starting with processing, washing and inspecting the grain, and ending with shipping the finished product to your door. Each product undergoes extensive quality control tests at in-house laboratories. During this testing phase, the gluten-free offerings are segregated from other products and tested in special gluten-free-only 'clean room facilities.' You can actually see the results of all the hard work. With their special clear packaging, you get to be the final judge of the quality and freshness.
Sourcing the Finest Ingredients from Farm to Table
Bob's Red Mill's relationship with their product starts at the source, with the farmer who produces the grain. Bob's Red Mill maintains personal relationships with farmers from across the country and make an effort to visit their farms. Together, they ensure that they're offering the best product available, while always using best practices.
Ensuring Certified Organic Whole Grain Goodness
Many customers ask, 'What does Organic really mean?' It is simply a label assigned to foods that are produced without synthetic pesticides or chemical fertilizers, and that do not contain genetically modified organisms (more commonly known as GMOs). Organic food production also supports farming methods that are deemed environmentally sound. Bob's Red Mill is proud to offer one of the largest lines of Organic, whole grain foods in the country. When you see the 'USDA Organic' label on their products, you'll know that to earn that label, Bob's Red Mill had to complete a rigorous certification process through the USDA's National Organic Program.
Meet the Real Bob
Before you get to know about Bob's Red Mill, you need to meet the man behind it - Bob Moore. You'll recognize his friendly face on the products and if you ever tour the mill or visit the Bob's Red Mill Whole Grain Store and Visitor's Center you might even get to meet the man himself. For over three decades, Bob has been committed to providing people everywhere with the best quality foods available. His passion for health and belief in taking care of one another is as strong today as it was when he first started the business with his wife, Charlee, all those years ago. Bob plays a fundamental role in the daily operations of the business and his enthusiasm and 'honest-to-goodness' approach are shared with every of one his employees. It's this passion for providing the very best nutritional whole grains that has helped make Bob's Red Mill the leading name in health foods across the country.
How Bob's Red Mill Began
Bob's journey began serendipitously in the mid '60s after coming across a book about old stone- grinding flour mills. His enthusiasm was immediate and he decided to find usable stone mills, which were becoming rarer due to the domination of high-speed steel roller mills. His persistence paid off. Equipped with several sets of millstones from an old North Carolina water-powered flour mill, Bob and his wife, Charlee, began their first mill in Redding, California.
In 1978 they moved to Oregon City, Oregon, and on an afternoon walk, Bob came across an old mill that, as luck would have it, had a big sign out front reading "for sale". In just a few short months, he was able to source a beautiful old mill that could stone grind flours and cereals for local customers. Word quickly spread and Bob's Oregon City based mill enjoyed much success until 1988 when a fire destroyed the building.
Never one to back away from a challenge, Bob knew he owed it to his family of employees and loyal customers to build the business again from scratch. Rising to the challenge, he spent many years growing the business to where they are today. Bob's Red Mill's current site located in Milwaukie, Oregon is a 320,000 square foot facility covering some seventeen acres and produces thousands of products each day, all made with the same good old- fashioned techniques that Bob's customers have come to love and trust since the beginning.
A Name You Can Trust
Trust, honesty, and integrity are the 3 principles Bob's Red Mill is built on. The packaging is a great example of this commitment. Clear bags let you see the high quality of every product. By producing the very best in whole grain foods, they're able to fulfill the commitment to help look after more people through better nutrition. Bob simply wouldn't have it any other way.
An Employee Owned Business
Bob's 81st birthday was particularly special. Rather than receiving gifts, he decided to give away his greatest gift - his business. On that day, Bob surprised all of his employees by giving them total ownership of Bob's Red Mill through an Employee Share Ownership Program (ESOP). For those who know Bob, it's just another example of his kind-hearted generosity. As Bob puts it "It was just the right thing to do. I have people that have worked with me for over 30 years and each and every one of them deserve this."
You can rest assured that every Bob's Red Mill employee is committed to sourcing, milling, testing, packaging, labeling, and selling the finest products available. After all, it is their business.