Fly-Fishing People: Roman Meal's Bill Matthaei

April 19, 2009 By: Marshall Cutchin

At one point 62-year-old Bill Matthaei had to make a choice between a career in fisheries management and carrying on a 300-year-old tradition of making health food. But the CEO of bread company Roman Meal still finds great joy in standing in a river. “In 1927, namesake William Matthaei enlarged the company by buying Roman Meal from a nutritional evangelist of sorts, Dr. Robert Jackson, who developed a cereal product, ‘Dr. Jackson’s Roman Health Meal,’ which he manufactured in Tacoma. Roman Meal Bread followed, and is baked today by some 90 licensed bakeries worldwide.” C.R. Roberts in the Tacoma, Washington News-Tribune.