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The Mill

Behind the time-honored technique of traditional stone milling.

Long before Bob’s Red Mill was the leading name in health foods across the country, there was a book and the aspiration to help people, one whole grain product at a time.

The Red Mill’s Beginnings

Bob's journey began in the mid '60s after coming across a book about an old stone-grinding flour mill. Unable to shake his vision of operating a flour mill that provided healthy and nutritious food, Bob tirelessly searched for his own set of usable millstones. With a little time and persistence, Bob and his wife found several sets of millstones and began their first mill in Redding, California.

In 1978 the couple left the mill and retired to Oregon City, but fate stepped in one afternoon when Bob came across an old mill that was for sale. A few months later, Bob’s Oregon City based mill was producing stone ground flours and cereals for local customers.

They enjoyed much success until 1988, when an arsonist’s fire tragically destroyed the building. Never one to back away from a challenge, Bob worked to build the business again from scratch, creating the Bob’s Red Mill you know and love today.

Preserving Nutrition Through Tradition

To make superb whole grain flour, no modern technology can match the Old World engineering of a stone mill. Our beautiful stone grinding mills are much like the ones used during early Roman times. Unlike high-speed steel rollers, our quartz millstones ensure the most nutritious parts of the whole grain remain, so we can pack wholesome goodness right into your bag.

Because the millstones grind at a slow speed and cool temperature, the inherent nutrients and flavor of our grains are preserved, a production 'secret' that allows us to seal in the freshness and bring you wholesome, quality foods, just as nature intended.

Bob's Red Mill - Come Visit!

Today, our spacious facilities in Milwaukie, Oregon include the 325,000 sq ft headquarters, laboratory, and manufacturing plant and our 127,000 sq ft distribution center! There we produce thousands of products each day—all with the same good, old-fashioned and simple techniques our customers have come to love and trust since our beginning.

Take a Tour

Our Whole Grain Store

Come see the whole grain magic making for yourself in Milwaukie, where you can tour the Mill, shop at the Whole Grain Store & Bakery, and eat at our Restaurant! You’ll be able to eat some of our delicious whole grain products, see our historical milling equipment and the modern factory in action, and purchase some goods to take home! You might even see Bob there enjoying a bowl of oatmeal, visiting with customers, or playing piano.

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