Chuck Eggert has been a part of the natural foods industry for more than 28 years. As Founder and President of Pacific Foods, Chuck has seen the company grow from its early beginnings as a soymilk producer into the thriving business it is today, producing a wide array of soups and sauces, broths, non-dairy beverages, meals and sides. Founded in 1987 in Tualatin, Oregon, Pacific Foods is inspiring people to know more about their food, where it comes from and how it’s grown by delivering delicious, local and organic foods made with respect for the land, animals and people.
Chuck and his family started farming operations in 2001 and to-date they have converted over 3,600 acres to organic land. In 2006, they began incorporating high welfare, organic dairies into their farming operations. In 2010 the Eggert Family Farms dairies received Animal Welfare Approved status, which is considered to be the “gold standard” of animal welfare certifications, according to the World Society for the Protection of Animals. In addition, Pacific Foods as well as the Eggert Family Farms dairies are certified Organic by Oregon Tilth and have been since their inception.
In 1971 Chuck received a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science and Technology from Washington State University. He earned his Masters in Business Administration from Santa Clara University in 1975 and went on to gain his qualification as a Certificated Public Accountant (CPA) in 1979. Prior to Pacific, Chuck was Vice President of Finance at Lamb-Weston, Inc. located in Tigard, Oregon, a supplier of frozen potato, appetizer and vegetable products, serving both the foodservice and retail industries.
Chuck has served on the Board of Directors of various organizations and associations including the Northwest Food Processors Association, National Frozen Foods, Providence Children Center Foundation, Providence Capital Campaign and the Oregon Food Bank. Currently, Chuck is also on an advisory Committee at Washington State University’s College of Agriculture and sits on the Board of Governors for the WSU Foundation and is a director of Frontier Natural Products Co-op.
In addition to Chuck’s work experience and education, the community has recognized Pacific with several accolades. In 2013 Pacific Foods was awarded the Hunger Heroes Award for Innovation from the Oregon Food Bank. In 2012 Pacific Foods was awarded the Association of Oregon Recyclers’ Leadership in Sustainable Practices Award. In 2010 Pacific Foods was awarded a Businesses for an Environmentally Sustainable Tomorrow (BEST) award from the City of Portland as a result of its ongoing efforts to integrate social, environmental and economic considerations into its practices. In 2009 Pacific Foods won the Oregon Business in Ethics award for demonstrating a commitment to ethical business practices in the workplace, the marketplace, the environment and the community. Lastly, in 2007, Pacific received the Mahonia Governor’s Food Industry Award for Hunger Relief for its support of the Food Bank over the years. Not only does Pacific contribute its own products, it also processes raw and frozen foods donated to the Food Bank so they can be conveniently distributed.