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Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods Moves to New Facility; Triples Production Capacity

Date Posted: August 14, 2007

Milwaukie, OR--Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods will soon be able to offer three times the whole-grain goodness, thanks to a move of its manufacturing, packaging, warehouse, and office space to a 320,000-square-foot building.

Located a half mile east of the existing facility, the new location effectively triples the current manufacturing capacity.

"This should take care of our needs for the next 10-15 years," said Bob Moore, founding partner of Bob's Red Mill.

The new facility, which includes 17 acres of land (7 of which are under roof), allows for expansion of the company's manufacturing, packaging, and distribution capabilities for the more than 400 Bob's Red Mill products.

Not only can general production triple, the mill can also create gluten-free products at four times its current rate in a new 23,000-square-foot, dedicated gluten-free manufacturing facility.

"Our goal is to continue to meet our customers' increasing demand for more whole grain foods, and gluten free is a big part of that," Moore said.

"Our products are available in almost every grocery retailer in the United States, and throughout Canada, South America, and Asia; and with the added capacity in the new facility, we can increase the number of products each store carries, thereby meeting our customers' demands for more variety."

New Facility Advantages

Plans for the 320,000-square-foot facility call for:

43,800 square feet of conventional manufacturing.

36,800 square feet of conventional packaging.

23,000 square feet of dedicated gluten-free manufacturing and packaging.

130,000 square feet of distribution.

19,266 square feet of office space.

81 loading docks.

Previously, the company's manufacturing and distribution facilities were in separate buildings.

The new facility allows all functions of the business to now operate under one roof.

Bob's Red Mill plans to sell and sub-lease its existing 130,000-square-foot facilities across from its Whole Grain Store and Visitors Center on International Way in Milwaukie, OR.

The Whole Grain Store and Visitors Center will stay at its current location.

The new headquarter's address will be 13521 SE Pheasant Court, Milwaukie, OR.

For more information, contact Linsay Buchele at 503-223-2168.

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