King Arthur Flour Named Business Innovator of the Year

Employee-owned Company Receives Inaugural Award from Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce

The King Arthur Flour Company of Norwich, VT, was honored this week with the Business Innovator of the Year Award presented for the first time by the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber’s new Leadership Awards program recognizes and honors businesses for their leadership and help toward invigorating the economic health and contributing to the well-being of the Upper Valley.

“The innovation King Arthur Flour has been recognized for stems from both the diversity of knowledge and skills among our staff, and the fact that as employee-owners of the company, we have an added incentive to work through that diversity and turn it to our advantage,” said Media Relations Coordinator Allison Furbish. “We encourage our employee-owners to contribute not just their time and energy but their ideas, and that has continually resulted in the kinds of high-quality products and creative programs that we’re proud to be able to share.”

King Arthur Flour was recognized “for the way it has taken the simple act of baking and innovatively turned that into a far-ranging enterprise that touches the lives of millions in very wholesome ways,” according to the Chamber. “They have accomplished this not only with a great product—regarded by experts as the highest quality flour in America—but also with their imaginative breadth of baking-related products and services, their employee-owned business model and culture, and their everyday commitment to the communities in which they live.”

King Arthur Flour was also honored this week as Vermont’s Best Place to Work (large company division) for the second year in a row.

America’s oldest flour company, King Arthur Flour was founded in Boston, Mass., in 1790 and moved its headquarters to Vermont in 1984. The company has grown since then from a regional staple to a brand known nationwide for its purity and consistent quality; from a small mail-order business with five employees in 1990 to the premier baking resource with nearly 200 employees today; from a family-owned operation for five generations to a 100 percent employee-owned business. King Arthur Flour has received several recent recognitions, including the 2006 Outstanding Vermont Business Award, the 2006 Best Place to Work in Vermont Award, and the 2006 Better Business Bureau Local Torch Award for Excellence. King Arthur Flour is the parent company of The Baker’s Catalogue, which offers more than 1,000 professional-grade baking tools and ingredients through its catalogue, online at kingarthurflour.com, and at The Baker’s Store in Norwich, VT