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The Industry Beat: Remembering Bob Moore


The natural food industry has lost one of its most cherished pioneers, Bob Moore, the venerable founder of Bob’s Red Mill. Moore’s visionary leadership and unwavering commitment to providing wholesome, plant-based ingredients have left an indelible mark on the food manufacturing landscape. His passing is not just a loss but also an opportunity for us to reflect on and celebrate his extraordinary contributions to natural foods and conscious business practices.

Bob Moore was ahead of his time, recognizing the importance of plant-based ingredients long before the current surge in popularity. Under his guidance, Bob’s Red Mill became synonymous with high-quality, natural, and organic foods, offering a vast range of products that catered to health-conscious consumers and those with special dietary needs. Moore’s passion for whole grains and his dedication to preserving their nutritional integrity helped to revolutionize the way we think about and consume food.

Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of Moore’s legacy is his decision to transfer 100% ownership of Bob’s Red Mill to his employees in 2011 when he was 81 years old. This bold move was a testament to his belief in employee ownership as a model for conscious business growth and sustainability. Moore understood that those who had a stake in the company’s success would be its most passionate stewards, ensuring the longevity and integrity of the enterprise he built. This decision not only secured the future of Bob’s Red Mill but also served as an inspiring template for other businesses to consider more equitable and inclusive ownership structures.

Bob Moore’s commitment to employee ownership reflected his broader philosophy of compassion, fairness, and generosity. He was a true pioneer, not just in the realm of natural foods but also in creating a business model that valued people over profits. Moore’s legacy challenges us to rethink how businesses can and should operate, emphasizing the importance of nurturing a community within the workplace and ensuring that success is shared by all.

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Ben Davis
Benjamin Davis oversees the programming for the world’s first and only fully plant-based trade expo and accompanying news site. Ben’s mission is to make delicious, natural foods accessible to everyone. He believes that diet and lifestyle are the keys to a balanced and prosperous future for all beings on Earth. Outside of his work in food, Ben is a music producer and performer under the stage name Vibe Street. Ben is determined to spend his life building community and celebrating this mysterious human experience to the fullest!