Whole Foods President Accepts Director Position with Moberly Natural Crush, LLC.
Scott Allshouse, President of Whole Foods Market’s Mid-Atlantic Region, brings career experiences to Moberly’s new natural food company
MOBERLY – Moberly Natural Crush, LLC. (MNC), added another major player to its Board of Directors with the announcement that Scott Allshouse will join its team.
Allshouse, who has spent his entire career in supermarket operations, was one of the key executives in helping Whole Foods Markets go from being a regional company to the world’s largest natural food and organic retailer. Today it is the 10th largest grocer in the U.S. with more than $16 billion in annual revenues when it was acquired by Amazon in 2017.
“Scott Allshouse provides us the highest level of connectivity to the natural food industry,” said Pat Conners, one of the founders of Moberly Natural Crush, which will process specialty soybeans flowing into that industry. “Since 2000, Scott has been on the front line of shaping and implementing some of the strictest natural food standards, and he has played a prominent leadership role in making Whole Foods the industry leader.”
In his role as a Director, Allshouse is eager to help steer MNC’s strategic growth plan, and he looks forward to connecting with Missouri farmers.
“The natural food industry was built on the backs of small, start-up food companies like Moberly Natural Crush,” said Allshouse, who has an Electrical Engineering degree from Penn State University. “It’s not that much different from how Whole Foods got started, and I look forward to helping MNC reach its full potential. There is a lot of growth opportunity in this part of the supply chain.”
As the President of the Mid-Atlantic Region since 2012, Allshouse is responsible for more than 13,000 team members spread across seven states. Additonally, Allshouse holds a company-wide position as a member of the Whole Foods Leadership Team. He started at Whole Foods as a store team leader in New Jersey and quickly moved into regional operational positions before becoming President of the South Region in 2004.
“Whole Foods is proud to be one of the leading voices of the natural food industry,” Allshouse said. “Today’s consumers want to be connected to the farmer, and we want to help them make that connection. Understanding how their food is raised and processed is critical to helping them fulfill a healthier lifestyle.
“It is a privilege to be a part of that objective, and I look forward to helping MNC play an important role in this value chain.”
Beyond the business of natural food, Allshouse appreciates Whole Foods’ “Caring for Communities” programs. He was a founding Board member of the Whole Kids Foundation, whose mission is to support schools and inspire childrens’ nutrition and wellness. He also has served on the Whole Planet Foundation, which helps create economic partnerships with developing-world communities that supply their stores, and he has served on the Board of the Whole Cities Foundation, which helps bring nutritious food and education to underserved communities.
Allshouse will be joining a formidable group of Directors as MNC announced last week the appointment of a former ADM senior executive, Fritz Holzgrefe, a third generation Ag producer. Holzgrefe brings more than 25 years of food ingredient experience, most recently as the Chief Financial Officer of ADM’s Golden Peanut Company. He is now the President of Saia, Inc., a $1.7 billion NASDAQ listed transportation and logistics company.
MNC is in the midst of its Phase Two equity drive in which it plans to raise $5 million to purchase equipment to operate its soybean processing facility in Moberly’s industrial park. Its business will be focused on processing specialty soybeans like SOYLEIC, the new non-GMO soybean with the High Oleic trait that will be ready for mass planting in Missouri in 2021. High Oleic soybean oil provides a trans-fat free solution with improved frying life, a higher smoke point and essential Omega 3 fatty acids.
MNC has been approved for a $1.5 million allocation of New Generation Cooperative Incentive Tax Credits through the Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Authority (MASBDA). This allocation will be passed through to all farmer-producer investors who will receive between a 30%-to-50% state tax credit against their investment. As part of this MASBDA qualification, MNC’s Board will be “farmer-controlled”, meaning that a majority of the Board’s voting block will be held by Missouri farmer-investors. Conners said the farmer Board members will be named when the Phase Two equity drive is completed.
For more investor information about the company, go to MoberlyNaturalCrush.com, or call Conners direct at 314-809-9499.
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