Tuesday, October 25, 2016

NYT: What 9 Shoppers Wore to the Whole Foods in Williamsburg by By Max Berlinger


Nina Westervelt for The New York Times

There’s a new place to buy kale in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. This summer, a 51,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market opened on Bedford Avenue, in the heart of the neighborhood’s lively mix of bars, music halls and indie boutiques. Sure, it was another unmistakable sign of Williamsburg’s commercialization. But even longtime residents seemed grateful to have an upscale market, stocked with organic produce, a tap room and a food court featuring Brooklyn favorites. Here’s what some wore to do their grocery shopping.
Click here to read more and see photos: NYTimes.com

October 25 - Poverty is Unnecessary Day

Today is Poverty is Unnecessary Day, which celebrates the 5% day that seeded Whole Planet Foundation in 2005. We’re excited to announce that WPF has already received $1500 in donations since they kicked off their 25 Hours of Giving campaign!  

Be sure to head to the WPF closet on the 6th Floor of Bowie at noon today for the ‘Poverty is Unnecessary Day’ bazaar, check out these additional events happening at Lamar including classes by CorePower Yoga and live music by Alex Ruiz and his Flamenco Band, and support WPF by:

·        Making an online donationor text PLANET to 80077 to donate $25! Donors will receive a special link to a virtual goodie bag with Poverty is Unnecessary Fund supplier partner coupons and offers. WPF Co-Chariman of the Board, Lee Valkenaar, will also donate $1,000 to WPF, and will match the first $1,000 of donations received!
·        Sharing WPF social media posts from their FacebookTwitter and Instagrampages to drive online donations during today’s 25 Hours of Giving
·        Spreading awareness at your locations about the generosity of our supplier partners and the transformative power of microcredit.

The Poverty Is Unnecessary Fund partners below have also collectively pledged to donate $200,000 in the coming calendar year!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Patagonia's First-Ever Beer

Patagonia's First-Ever Beer, the Long Root Ale: Brewed in collaboration with Portland-based Hopworks using a sustainable new grain...

Read more here on coolhunting.com

Monday, September 26, 2016

Monday, September 19, 2016

London Comes to Englewood

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and London Mayor Sadiq Khan visited ENG today! Some pics are attached. Special thanks to the Englewood Team Members and Suppliers for letting us crash their training. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Fortune: The 2016 Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink

10. Christina Minardi, Whole Foods  WFM -1.37% 

Christina Nuzzo — Whole Foods Market
As President of the Northeast region for Whole Foods, Minardi oversees 50 stores, including nine in New York City that are consistently top 10 performers for the company. A single New York City store serves 80,000 customers each week and, thanks to an automated checkout line system that Minardi pioneered, they do it more than 30% faster than they used to. She’s particularly passionate about prepared foods and in-store restaurants, likely the result of growing up in a food family–her grandparents opened a bakery in 1927 that her family ran for 83 years. As a result she’s involved in all aspects from securing top chefs, like the team behind Frankie’s Spuntino in Brooklyn who will have a fast casual spot in the new Bryant Park location opening soon, to menu development and tastings and overall design. A store in Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood has become the model for locations across the country with its glass front butcher room, an extension of the brand’s commitment to transparency, to its in-store knife sharpening and shelves full of locally made products. Minardi excels at weaving the local fabric of each neighborhood into stores, whether that’s putting a coffee roastery and rooftop greenhouse in Brooklyn or making homemade naan and other traditional Indian foods in a New Jersey community with a large Indian population.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Holy Harpoon-Caught Swordfish Batman!

September 3rd, Ryan cut up a 175lb harpoon caught swordfish on the sales floor! Guests were taking photos, video and even snap chatting!  Then we had Conner cooking up a sample of a swordfish sandwich!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Wings Over Lamar

Chicken Wings are on sale in PFDS starting today for $4.99 per pound!

Just in time for the start of school and football!!!

We have them all over the store packed out cold in buckets AND offer six different flavors on our Hot Bar End Cap…

You can find the cold buckets in Meat and Seafood Department bunkers…

…and of course on our very own PFDS Fresh Pack Wall!

NC Region's Most Recent Local Producer Loan Recipient - Vixen Kitchen

We are happy to announce the most recent Local Producer Loan recipient, Vixen Kitchen! Located in Northern California, Sundara Clark started Vixen Kitchen as a labor of love inspired by her two daughters, Gigi and Lola. Like most kids, they love sweets, so Sundara created a gourmet, vegan gelato that satisfied the her girls’ sweet tooth while also being nutritious. Vixen Kitchen’s gelato is made with simple, wholesome ingredients that even a six-year-old can pronounce like organic raw cashews and organic maple syrup. Vixen Kitchen will use the loan to purchase a larger gelato machine.

Since loan recipients have a unique relationship with Whole Foods Market, we’d really appreciate you keeping Vixen Kitchen products in mind for things like in-store marketing, promotions, demos, etc. Please also share this information with your team members and guests! Facebook and Twitter verbiage is below, as well as in-store signage language! Let me know if you need contact information in order to set something up in your store. Also please contact Patrick Wyman or Jenna Gelgand if at any time you are considering discontinuing or significantly decreasing your purchase of this product.

Thanks to everyone for your support of the program, and please let us know if you have any questions!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

8 Brilliant Ways to Hack 365 by Whole Foods

Your next-level guide to the grocery store

August 15, 2016 Erin Mosbaugh ..
If you live in L.A. and you’re obsessed with food, you’ve likely checked out the much-hyped 365 by Whole Foods concept store in Silver Lake. Maybe you think the wild Coho salmon is a steal, the produce is top-notch, and the teaBOT is the way of the future. But no matter how much you adore the place, there’s a smarter way to shop at 365 by Whole Foods. Here are eight hacks to help you save a cartload of money, navigate the aisles and check-out lines, and pick out wine like a sommelier.  Click here to read more at Los Angeles Magazine online

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Cherry Creek Meat - Looking Great!

Cherry Creek's Meat case was looking amazing during a visit from John Mackey. Check it out: