MILWAUKIE, Ore., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Natural foods expert Dennis
Gilliam has been invited by the Oregon Department of Agriculture to
participate in a trade mission to Seoul, South Korea and Osaka, Japan.
Gilliam, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods
in Milwaukie, Oregon, will address the two nations' top retailers and food
service representatives in meetings scheduled for February 4-5.
"Asian countries are expressing great interest in the business of natural
and organic products, especially companies that are producing such high
quality products here in the Pacific Northwest," Gilliam said. "It's an honor
to represent Oregon and the natural products industry to such an international
"This trade mission is part of a bigger effort involving state and U.S.
government efforts to increase the export of and demand for America's natural
and organic food products," said Dalton Hobbs, Development & Marketing
Administrator for the Oregon Department of Agriculture. "Our hope is that
companies like Bob's Red Mill can help trailblaze the way for other small to
medium-sized food companies who have domestic distribution and may want to
take a look at the international market."
The groups to which Gilliam will speak are those likely to use natural and
organic products from Oregon and the United States, Hobbs explained. They
include manufacturers, buyers from regional retail grocery chains, food
distributors, foodservice operators and food importers.
"Our retail partners throughout North America are really helping us spread
the word about the benefits of whole grains, and now with the convenience of
ordering Bob's Red Mill products on our website and via our direct mail
catalog we're able to reach people throughout the world with our message of
eating natural and organic foods for a healthier lifestyle," Gilliam said.
Founded in 1978, Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods is a distinctive stone
grinding miller of whole grains. It offers a diverse line of all natural and
organic flours, cereals, meals and mixes for pancakes, breads and soups. The
company's more than 300 products are available throughout the U.S. and Canada
at natural food and grocery stores. Bob's Red Mill products may also be
purchased by phone at (800) 349-2173, mail order or on the company's website:
SOURCE Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods