Rich Berger is VP of Engineering, Food Supply for Clif Bar & Company, a leading maker of nutritious and organic foods and drink for people on-the-go. Guided by the company’s five bottom lines – Sustaining our Brands, our Business, our People, our Community and the Planet – he oversees the design and build of Clif Bar’s self-manufacturing facilities.
Rich joined Clif Bar & Company in January of 2014 and has worked alongside the Food Supply team to ensure its facilities are designed to meet the high standards set by the company.
Prior to Clif Bar, Rich worked as the director of engineering for Bimbo Bakeries USA, the Sara Lee Corporation, EarthGrains Baking Companies, and Anheuser-Busch Breweries. His experience, coupled with his knowledge of facility improvement and greenfield construction projects, has been invaluable to Clif Bar & Company’s ongoing sustainability efforts.
Rich is the recipient of Sara Lee’s “Get It Great” award; Sara Lee’s highest level of employee recognition. Baking & Snack Magazine named him its “2003 Rising Star”. In addition to Rich’s many accolades, he was awarded a US patent for “The Method and Apparatus for Making Sliced Bread Loaves Crustless”.
Rich serves on the Missouri University of Science & Technology’s Advisory Council- his alma mater where he received a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He is also a guest lecturer at the University of California Berkeley’s College of Engineering, a Resident of Kansas State’s AIB Certified Baker Program, a delegate of BEMA’s Baking Industry Forum, a Certified EIT Professional Engineer in State of Missouri, former officer of the American Society of Baking, and a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering, the Biscuit & Cracker Manufacturer’s Association, LEED Professionals, The Institute of Sustainable Infrastructure, the National Association of Corrosion Engineers, the Baker’s Dozen, and Past Board Member of St. Alban Roe Catholic School. Rich has given numerous speeches regarding his project management and life experiences to the American Society of Baking, the Biscuit and Cracker Manufacture’s Association and the Baking Industry Forum.
Rich resides in San Francisco, CA with his wife and two children. In his spare time, he enjoys training for triathlons and spending time outdoors with his family.