Portland, OR — Bob Moore, co-founder of Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods celebrated his 81st birthday by announcing on February 15 that the company is now employee owned. Moore, who founded the company with his wife Charlee in 1978 and who is still active in the day-to-day operations of Bob’s Red Mill, said there would be no changes in the make-up of the company. In a company press release, Moore stated, “To me, this is the ultimate way to reward employees for their contributions to our ongoing success and growth. We have many loyal and long-time employees who I expect will be joined by many new faces over the years to run the company.”

Management announced the new Employee Stock Ownership Plan at an all-company meeting at the headquarters office in Milwaukie, OR.

Published in WholeFoods Magazine, April 2010