Who Is Continental Mills?
When you hear the name Continental Mills, it might not sound familiar at first, but what if we asked if you’d ever tried Krusteaz Pancake mix? If you answered yes, now you know part of the story! But that’s not all…we are a Seattle-based, family-owned business that was started in 1932 by an innovative woman named Rose Charters who had a clever idea for a just-add-water Pie Crust mix. Rose and her husband, James Charters, started selling the mix to friends, neighbors and local cafes. They quickly outgrew their home kitchen and soon opened the first manufacturing plant in Seattle. This led to our first brand, Krusteaz (easy- crust), and we’ve never stopped innovating since!
Quality Products, Quality People.
We have a passion for quality, making amazing Krusteaz and Ghirardelli baking mixes, CB Old Country Store biscuit and gravy mixes, WildRoots snacks, Alpine Cider drink mixes and more! You and your family will love the variety of products and flavors that can be found through Retail grocery stores, Food Service that is sold through restaurants, hospitals and schools, and Club store channels throughout the United States.
But most importantly, we feel that people are at the heart of everything we do…we truly value our employees, our customers, and our community. We hope you’ll take some time and get to know us!
CM In The Community
We are committed to investing time and resources to use our expertise in food to help our neighbors in need. Our philanthropic purpose is to ‘Enhance People’s Lives through the Power of Food’, and our employees get involved to make a difference in our communities. One way you can participate is through our pancake breakfast fundraiser program, Krusteaz Gives Back. Visit www.krusteaz.com to learn more!
We have deeply held values about doing the right thing for our customers, our employees, and our business. We have an open culture and approachable leaders, and are committed to fostering and upholding a positive, friendly workplace where employees are assured a safe and respectful environment.
Our workforce is made up of talented, motivated people who are invested in the company’s success. We hire selectively to ensure that our employees are the right fit for the job and the company, and we’re proud when employees choose to develop their careers with us.
Meet the Team
President & CEO
Consumers are more engaged than ever in the food products they choose and the brands they support. I have the great honor of working at a company with the highest ethical standards, and with people that are passionate about designing, developing, and producing products that are verifiably better than our best competitors.
CFO/SVP Finance, Accounting & Information Services
I came for the pancakes… I stayed for the people… Continental Mills is a rare mix of excellent products, superior capabilities, and an outstanding culture. We have the horsepower of a category leader and the agility of a nimble entrepreneurial company. We play to win. Everyday. I am so proud to be a part of this amazing team.
Senior VP, Operations
I work at Continental Mills for two simple reasons: We have great products that make me proud to tell others about and I am surrounded throughout our Manufacturing Plants and Corporate office by truly fine people that care about what they do and those around them.
Senior VP, Human Resources
I work at Continental Mills because this is a company that walks the talk about people: we believe people are the reason for our success, and we truly care about each other. It shows in our leadership, in our culture, and in our day-to-day interactions with one another. CM possesses a rare blend of entrepreneurship and forward-thinking innovation that’s rooted in a long history of success. At Continental Mills, people ARE our business, and I’m proud and honored to be a part of it.
Continental Mills has a nationwide presence, featuring product distribution internationally and in all 50 states, supported by our four manufacturing facilities, two distribution centers, and our Corporate Business and Innovation Centers. We continually invest in our people and our facilities through equipment modernization and implementation of technology efficiencies, all with an eye toward verifiably better quality.
Our Corporate Headquarters is comprised of two buildings; the Business Center and the Innovation Center. The modern and spacious Business Center is home to corporate employees that support various aspects of the business. The building features unique art installations that tell the story of our People, our Products and our Plants with imagery and large wall graphics. Adjacent to the Business Center is the Innovation Center, which also reflects a modern feel that provides inspiring space for employees to create new and exciting products for our customers and consumers. The Research & Development and Quality Teams have access to modern lab space, and a professional "show kitchen" for product demonstrations and innovation sessions.
The Tukwila Distribution Center (TUK) is our Western warehouse facility where products manufactured at our Kent Manufacturing Plant are stored and distributed. The TUK warehouse is located two miles from our Kent Plant and a half mile from our Corporate Business Center.
Situated in the heart of Kent Valley, WA, our Kent Manufacturing Plant houses mix systems and packaging lines that provide a flexible platform to deliver an array of dry-mix products to our customers. The Kent plant is located two miles from our Tukwila Distribution Center (TUK) and the Corporate Business and Innovation Centers.
Located on 30 acres with room to grow, our Hopkinsville Manufacturing Plant is our largest plant and houses its own Distribution Center on site. Located about an hour outside of Nashville, TN, this plant is centered in an important agricultural region with an abundance of wheat fields and other crops that produce ingredients used in the facility.
Located in “The Little Apple,” our Manhattan Manufacturing Plant in Manhattan, KS manufactures the iconic Kretschmer® Wheat Germ brand and our WildRoots® Trail Mixes. This unique facility is completely separated by an allergen "clean room" to prevent cross-contamination of the wheat and nuts, and houses its own distribution center.
Our Effingham Manufacturing Plant focuses on the production of large quantity dry-mix products. Located in Effingham, IL, just three hours outside of Chicago, the Effingham Plant strategically serves the region with their vast warehousing and production areas.