BORN ON A BIKE. KITCHEN CRAFTED. FAMILY & EMPLOYEE OWNED.
BORN ON A BIKE
During a one-day, 175-mile bike ride – forever to be known as The Epiphany Ride – an exhausted and hungry Gary Erickson realizes he can’t choke down another unappetizing energy bar. The idea for a better tasting bar is born!
Gary makes a flour-filled mess of his mom's pristine kitchen for six months to perfect the first CLIF BAR® recipe.
CLIF BAR® HITS THE SHELVES
Gary names the bar after his father, Clifford, who introduced him to wilderness adventures and encouraged him to follow his passions in life.
CLIF IS NOT FOR SALE
So they can do more good in the world, Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford choose to keep CLIF family-owned by walking away from an offer of $120-million to sell the company.
PAID TO VOLUNTEER
Our company-wide volunteer program, Project 2080, is created, asking employees to give at least 20 hours of paid time to community service each year (2,080 is the number of hours a full-time employee works in a year).
A DIFFERENT KIND OF BOTTOM LINE
Gary and Kit realize that sustaining our business, our brands, our people, our communities, and the planet is a better return on investment than one bottom line. Our Five Aspirations business model is born.
ORGANIC FOR GOOD™
We began using organic ingredients (like organic rolled oats) in CLIF BAR® energy bars, in our effort to continue “raising the bar” and help create a healthier, just, and sustainable food system.
BEST WAY TO START THE DAY
Coworkers who eat together play and work well together, so we add bagels to the mix. Today, our Thursday breakfast tradition and all-company meeting are still the place to fill up on good food and the latest Clif news.
INVESTING IN THE COMMUNITY
Gary and Kit establish the Clif Bar Family Foundation to support innovative small and mid-size nonprofits that give back to the community.
EMPLOYEES ARE OWNERS TOO
To recognize everyone’s contribution in making Clif Bar, well… Clif, all employees are made part owners along with Gary and Kit. Today, employee-owners are empowered to make decisions that are best for our company.
GREEN FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS
Along with the opening of our 11,500-foot LEED Platinum-certified “green” headquarters, Clif Bar’s on-site childcare facility, Base Camp, welcomes its first group of junior Clifsters.
20 YEARS OF THANKS
Gary and Kit celebrate 20 years of Clif Bar success by giving every single employee a personalized, shiny red bike!
BIG IN SCANDINAVIA
With the launch SWEDEN in 2014, people “in the Nordics” can finally enjoy CLIF BARs!
INVESTING IN ORGANIC
Clif Bar spearheads the creation of the nation’s first endowed university chair in plant breeding for organic crops. We begin recruiting more companies to join in investing $10 million to create a total of five chairs over the next five years.
A NEW KIND OF BAKERY
We open the doors to our state-of-the-art bakery in Twin Falls, Idaho, allowing us to make delicious food in a facility that's also good to the planet.
And the journey continues...