Business 100 – 2014

Brendan McEntee/Cook Flour Co.

Brendan McEntee, born in Drogheda, Co. Louth, immigrated as an adolescent with his parents and siblings to upstate New York. He received a B.A. from Marist College and an M.B.A. from St. John’s University. After completing his education he relocated to San Francisco and spent ten years with Wells Fargo Bank where he helped establish their very successful Middle Market Sales effort.

Unable to deny his entrepreneurial nature, Brendan acquired Cook Flour Company, a grain trading firm that had been established in San Francisco in 1908. Cook was a pioneer in the early days of Organic, converting wheat growers from all the major growing areas in the U.S. from Conventional to Certified Organic wheat. In recent years Brendan has directed his focus to developing food products aimed at improving children’s nutrition.

Brendan is a former Director of the National Association of Flour Distributors and is on the Food Advisory Board of the Alameda County Food Bank. He lives in Lafayette, CA with Susan, his wife of 40 years and their 17 year old daughter, Mara.