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Whole Foods Market Recognizes Supplier Award Honorees

Whole Foods Market Recognizes Supplier Award Honorees


AUSTIN, TX
Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Award season is heating up this month! Fresh off the Specialty Food Association’s sofi™ Award ceremony, Whole Foods Market is celebrating its 6th annual Supplier Awards and shining a light on producers that exemplify the company’s dedication to quality, environmental stewardship, ethical sourcing, and culinary innovation.

A.C. Gallo, President and Chief Operating Officer, Whole Foods Market“Our shoppers look to Whole Foods Market for new and delicious products, and we are honored to recognize our top supplier partners who demonstrate industry-leading innovation and impactful work,” said President and COO A.C. Gallo. “These national and local suppliers were selected from thousands of driven, passionate, mission-based brands at Whole Foods Market and represent the best in class in sourcing, and commitment to the highest-quality standards.”

Whole Foods’ award ceremony took place in Austin, Texas, at a special reception, according to a press release. In all, 27 perishable and non-perishable suppliers were honored. Among those 27 companies, two received all-star global Supplier of the Year awards, and 11 local supplier partners took home the region-specific Supplier of the Year awards. These highlighted the companies’ product innovations and partnerships with their local communities.

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Additionally, the retailer noted, six of the honored companies took their business to the next level thanks to Whole Foods’ Local Producer Loan Program.

Award-winning companies include:

Miller Poultry

The company was recognized with Whole Foods’ Global Supplier of the Year award for its visionary approach to animal welfare and their commitment to raising high-quality, healthy chickens. In addition to providing a premium organic selection, Miller Poultry only uses Non-GMO feed for their conventional, no-antibiotic birds. They’ve shown true innovation and growth with both their Non-GMO Project Verification and the purchase and remodel of an outdated feed mill, that not only expanded their business, but created jobs in their community.

Fage

Whole Foods honored the yogurt maker for its Non-GMO commitment and for raising the bar in dairy quality standards by becoming the only large-scale Greek yogurt manufacturer with a Non-GMO Project Verified certification. Fage’s commitment is an important step towards making non-GMO dairy available for shoppers, additional brands, and product lines.

Kettle & Fire

The company took home Whole Foods’ “Rookie of the Year” award for taking the burgeoning category of bone broths by storm with their grass-fed, organic line of traditional bone broths in sustainable biodegradable packaging. Kettle & Fire initially launched in Whole Foods Market’s Rocky Mountain region in 2016 and followed with an incredibly successful national launch in 2017.


For more on these winners and others who took home an award, check out Whole Foods’ press release here.

And for more dairy, deli, bakery, and specialty food news, keep reading Deli Market News.

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