A GOOD STARTER: THE STORY OF KING AUTHOR FLOUR

It's difficult to find FRESH sourdough starter (as opposed to dry). Fresh starter is ready for use much quicker than its dry cousin. And the results are much better. The best by test!

And what a history! The sourdough starter that we purchase from King Arthur® Flour is descended from a starter that's been lovingly nurtured in New England since the 1700s. Generations of bakers before us have made wonderful bread with a bit of this same bubbling brew.

IT ALL STARTED OVER 225 YEARS AGO!

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In 1790, there were 13 states in the new United States.

George Washington was America's first president. And Henry Wood began importing flour from England, establishing his business at Boston's Long Wharf.

Henry Wood & Company, the original ancestor of King Arthur Flour, was the first flour company in the young United States - and first food company in New England.

 

1849: SAN FRANCISCO SOURDOUGH: FEEDING THE MINERS

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Gold was discovered in northern California in 1848, and the rush was on. Hungry miners developed naturally fermented "sourdough" as a way to bake bread. And in 1849, The French Bakery became the first shop in San Francisco offering sourdough bread for sale.

169 years ago, delicious bread was made from the same starter that we use today. At Rêver Artisan Bakery, you get nothing but time honored and time tested ingredients. Simply the best!

2016: KING ARTHUR FLOUR: EMPLOYEE-OWNED COMPANY OF THE YEAR

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Ten years after becoming employee-owned, King Arthur Flour was named National ESOP Company of the Year, a coveted award honoring the company that best exemplifies the business and cultural success of employee ownership.

Since 2004, King Arthur Flour has been 100% employee owned. After a year on the job, workers begin to earn stock in the company. 

As an employee-owned company, we’re not beholden to outside shareholders who care only about the bottom line.
— Rosie Bucherati, Assistant Product Manager at King Arthur Flour Company

Employees at King Arthur Flour have the freedom to emphasize other values, too, like social and environmental responsibility, and the wellness and satisfaction of their employee-owners. That's why King Arthur shares its profits both inside and outside the company. They invest in sustainability, support community groups nationwide, and offer every employee 40 hours of paid volunteering time per year.

An excellent company to partner with!

Terry Ramsey