Bob and Charlee driving Gertie

Bob and Charlee Moore –
The Heart of Bob's Red Mill

For Bob Moore, it all started with a kernel of truth—a wheat kernel, that is. Back in the 1960s, Bob’s wife, Charlee, decided that she would feed her family nutritious whole grains, starting with an incredible loaf of whole wheat bread fresh from the oven.

Bob Moore: Before the Mill

Charlee Moore

Bob and Charlee met on a blind date in 1952. It was Charlee who first inspired the couple’s whole grain adventure when she decided to create a healthier life for her family by feeding them wholesome, natural foods and whole grains. Charlee was a fixture in the original Bob’s Red Mill store and took on many roles in the early days, including packaging products by hand.

The first whole grain loaf of bread that came out of my wife Charlee’s oven on our five-acre farm back in the ‘60s was the most delicious loaf of bread I can ever remember smelling and eating.


The Road to Bob's Red Mill

A Seed Is Planted

In 1968, while Bob was managing a JC Penney Auto Center in Redding, California, providence struck when he happened to visit the public library. There, something drew him to John Goffe’s Mill, the story of a man who—with no prior experience —resurrected his family’s ancestral mill and ground wheat into flour. This chance encounter changed the course of the Moore family forever, and created a ripple effect that has enriched the lives of everyone who enjoys wholesome whole grains.

John Goffe's Mill

“I envisioned the mill as a way to do what I wanted to do, what I believed in, which was whole grains. It was unique, it was healthy, and it fit all my aspirations for helping people.” —Bob

Moores' Flour Mill

Bob immersed himself in the ancient art of stone milling, researching historic mills and contacting dozens of people and companies in his quest to locate millstones and other flour-making equipment. While he discovered there were still plenty of mills in existence, most of them were relegated to museums! Fortunately, his persistence and people skills eventually paid off, and he was able to source traditional quartz millstones and other essential equipment from a defunct mill in Fayetteville, North Carolina. After a lot of hard work and ingenuity, in 1974 Bob was able to open Moores’ Flour Mill in a Quonset hut in Redding, California with Charlee and two of their sons.

Moores' Flour Mill

Bob’s Red Mill Is Born

A few years later, Bob and Charlee left Moores’ Flour Mill to their sons and retired to Milwaukie, Oregon to attend seminary school. But while on a long walk one day, they happened upon an old feed mill—and realized it was for sale. After a lot of conversation and prayer, they decided to take a leap of faith and launch what would become Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods. After all, Bob had already built Moores’ Flour Mill from scratch—and this time he was starting with an actual mill! Bob quickly put a plan in action (first major purchase: a $22 coffee pot) and in 1978, he and Charlee opened the doors of Bob’s Red Mill to a flurry of public and media interest. While the business has faced its share of challenges, their dream has been growing and thriving ever since. Bob's Red Mill Is Born

Listen to Bob tell the story of how he built Bob’s Red Mill—in his own words.

Listen to Bob on How I Built This with Guy Raz

Milestones of the Mill

Food is powerful. It breaks down walls and feeds the soul. We know it and we live it. We believe in good food for all.


“My life’s purpose has been building and maintaining a company that provides healthy whole grain foods to folks around the world—and offers financial security to its employees.” —Bob

People Before Profit

From the very beginning, Bob and Charlee focused on people over profit: their mission was to provide wholesome food to their customers, build close relationships with farmers and suppliers, and treat their employees with generosity and respect. Thanks to these values, Bob’s Red Mill has grown beyond their wildest dreams—like a single kernel multiplying until it reaches the four corners of the earth.

People Before Profit

If I had to pick one thing about my life that stands above all others, it would be the people. I love them all. I just love them.


Uncompromisingly Good

Today, Bob’s Red Mill is proudly 100% employee owned, and we’re committed to upholding the values and legacy of Bob and Charlee Moore. It’s our privilege to continue their mission and bring you food you can feel good about eating!

Proudly Employee Owned Since 2010

Did You Know?

In addition to whole grains, Bob loves: