Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Starkey Water

When you get a moment, check it out-  http://starkeywater.com/the-spring/  

We sold over 25,500 bottles of water last week through 336 stores, that’s over double the previous weeks’ run-rate. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Arbor Trails Getting Ready for the Fourth


The Whole Story at Bend

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South Region's Most Recent Local Producer Loan Program Recipient - Salsa Sol Del Rio

We are happy to announce the South Region’s most recent Local Producer Loan recipient, Salsa Sol Del Rio! Located in Smyrna, Georgia, Salsa Sol Del Rio produces traditional New Mexican style salsa. They can currently be found in the SO region.
After living in the Southwestern United States for over a decade, Tony Webster developed an affinity for salsas made with roasted green chiles from New Mexico. As a result, he and his wife, Beverly, followed their interest in making a unique and tasty salsa based on roasted green chiles from New Mexico. They combined their talents and capabilities from former business experience to create Capstone Foods. It is their mission to provide unique and special products to consumers and "bring a flavor of the Southwest to the Southeast."
Since loan recipients have a unique relationship with Whole Foods Market, we’d really appreciate you keeping Salsa Sol Del Rio in mind for things like in-store marketing, promotions, demos, etc.  Please share this information with your team members and guests! Facebook and Twitter verbiage is below.  Let me know if you need contact information in order to set something up in your store.  Also, please contact Erin Harper 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!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

From thekitchn.com: Alice Waters' Bakes Goat Cheese with Spring Lettuce Salad

I first visited Chez Panisse about ten years ago, a new cook stepping with some awe into what felt like a founding palace of American cuisine. But part of the beauty of Alice Waters' Chez Panisse is that for all its history and accolades it has remained what it was created to be: a bustling, cozy, unpretentious neighborhood bistro. And every time I've gone back, I've left inspired to cook more, and to cook better — and what's a better sign of a good restaurant than that? - click here to read more and get the recipe on thekitchn.com

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Weekend Breakfast: Bacon, Egg and Tomato Breakfast Tacos


Need an idea for weekend brunch?
Check out this Bacon, Egg and Tomato Breakfast Taco on chow.com.


Friday, June 12, 2015

12 Grilling Mistakes You Don't Have to Make (But Probably Do)





























Ah, summer. That special time of year when those good spatula-wielding folks who only cook for one season out of the year (let's call 'em what they are: dads) dust off the old grill to burn a few steaks and serve up some medium-rare chicken. Okay, perhaps I'm being unfair here. There are plenty of amazing backyard cooks who take a structured, scientific approach to good grilling and reap the flavorful rewards because of it, but there are just as many who think that all it takes to put together a successful backyard cookout is the ability to buy some steaks and light a fire.
I've been to enough cookouts in my time to recognize the warning signs of tough, sooty, or downright dangerous meat to come. Here are some of the most common mistakes beginning grillers make and how to avoid them. - click here to continue at seriouseats.com

Fayetteville is getting excited about the new WFM


First 365 T-Shirt

A collectors item.

Song of the Week - Paradise Pick

365 Media

Going ‘on attack,’ Whole Foods reveals name of new smaller-store chain – Statesman (Posted: 6:01 p.m.)

Saying it’s time to “go on attack” against its competitors, Austin-based Whole Foods Market on Thursday unveiled the name of its newest weapon: A new chain of smaller, value-driven stores aimed at younger shoppers.
The new brand will be named “365 by Whole Foods Market,” the company said, answering a question customers and investors have been asking since Whole Foods in May announced plans for the new venture.

 

Whole Foods’ New Millennial-Focused Chain Will Be Called 365– Bloomberg (Updated on June 11, 2015 — 3:56 PM CDT)

 

Whole Foods to name new 'streamlined' chain 365USA Today(updated 4:01 p)

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

PN Region's Second-time Local Producer Loan Recipient

We are happy to announce the Pacific Northwest Region’s second-time Local Producer Loan recipient, CB’s Premium Nuts! Located in Kingston, Washington, CB’s Nuts produces roasted peanuts, organic peanut butter and roasted organic pumpkin seeds. This fantastic, family-owned brand will be launching their nut butters nationally in September!
Inspired by traditional roasted peanuts found at a Mariners-Orioles baseball game, Clark Bowen  began his hobby of roasting peanuts outside Safeco Field and selling his product to fans. He and his wife, Tami, saw potential to expand their business upon noticing that fresh peanuts appeal to everyone. The couple bought an old fire station outside Kingston and began experimenting with different seeds and eventually began producing peanut butter. Clark and Tami are dedicated to the principles that govern their business; knowing and working with their growing partners/farmers to be responsible stewards of the land, sourcing quality foods grown in USA, using organic ingredients whenever they are available, and taking the time to craft the tastiest, most nutritious foods. 
CB’s has been a strong partner in the Pacific Northwest region since 2009 and have also worked closely with the Global grocery team to expand their roasted pumpkin seeds - and now small batch, roasted nut butters - nationwide!  They also collaborated with their neighbor and Seattle favorite, Theo Chocolate, to make the Theo “love” cup (peanut butter cup) – a delicious partnership!
CB’s will use the LPLP funds to invest in equipment that strengthens their food safety protocols in order to safely expand their nut and seed lines.
Since loan recipients have a unique relationship with Whole Foods Market, we’d really appreciate you keeping CB’s Premium Nuts in mind for things like in-store marketing, promotions, demos, etc.  Please share this information with your team members and guests! Facebook and Twitter verbiage is below.  Let me know if you need contact information in order to set something up in your store.  Also, please contact Denise Breyley or Erin Harper  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!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Cocktail Chronicles: Mission Creek Brewing at Whole Foods store

Source: San Jose Mercury News

When I first heard about Whole Foods Market's plan to include a brewpub in its store on The Alameda in San Jose, I wondered what kind of person would go to a grocery store to drink (not to mention who would complicate a trip to the bar by lugging home bags of expensive groceries). Turns out there are a lot of those kinds of people, and I'd happily be one of them.

Mission Creek Brewing Co., which is Whole Foods' first onsite brewery in California, was a delight to finally discover after driving by many times and seeing it packed with people having a good time. The first thing to know is that you don't actually have to go into the store to go to Mission Creek. It has a separate, outside stairway entrance (and an elevator for those who can't take the stairs) that leads to an open-air deck. (Pro tip: The Whole Foods parking lot has a two-hour limit and prohibits parking there for events at SAP Center. So if you're planning to watch a game on TV at Mission Creek, it's best to take public transportation or park elsewhere and walk. Click here to continue.

Power to the Pepper in the UK!

Song of the Week

Thursday, June 4, 2015

WFM Ranked #3 by Reputation Institute on Top 50 List of Most Reputable American Retailers

Today the Reputation Institute is releasing its 2015 list of most the most reputable retail brands in America. WFM ranks #3 overall, and also ranks as the third strongest brand in America. RI will be disclosing the full top 50 list during a webinarlater this morning. Reputation Institute conducted more than 50,000 interviews with the US general public in 1Q 2015 to determine their rankings. WFM was recognized for our high quality and animal welfare standards, commitment to sustainability, and GMO labeling transparency.

We will distribute a press release today, along with a push to our reporters and social media outreach. Our press release is as follows:

Whole Foods Market® ranks #3 on Reputation Institute’s 2015 list of America’s most reputable retailers 

Reputation Institute reveals top 50 most reputable companies in the retail industry on products and services, workplace and more

AUSTIN (June 4, 2015) – Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) has been named among America’s most reputable companies in the retail industry, according to the list released today by Reputation Institute. The list of America’s top 50 most reputable retail companies is derived from the data collected for the 2015 US RepTrak® 100 study. 

“Companies with excellent and strong reputations in the retail industry recognize that their reputations are dependent not only on the products and services they provide,” says Brad Hecht, chief research officer at Reputation Institute (RI). “What drives nearly a third of reputation for retail companies is how the US public perceives a company’s workplace and whether it is a responsibly run company that is fair and transparent.”

In addition to Whole Foods Market ranking third on the list of top 50 most reputable retailers, Reputation Institute also ranked Whole Foods Market as the third-strongest retail brand in America. Whole Foods Market was recognized for its high quality and animal welfare standards, commitment to sustainability, and GMO labeling transparency.

“Our business is based upon a non-negotiable set of core values designed to engender trust and transparency with all of our key stakeholders,” said A.C. Gallo, president and chief operating officer of Whole Foods Market. “Our quality standards, along with an enduring commitment to transparency and sustainability have fostered a decades-long relationship of trust with our team members, customers, supplier partners and investors that have helped our business grow to the success it is today.”

The 2015 list of America’s 50 most reputable companies in the retail industry is compiled annually by Reputation Institute, the world’s foremost research and advisory firm focused solely on corporate reputations.

The 2015 US RepTrak® 100 examines perceptions of companies by the US general public based on over 50,000 interviews. Reputation Institute’s RepTrak® model is the gold standard for reputation measurement, providing a one-of-a-kind measurement of how the public views the world’s best-known companies. The RepTrak® database is normative, examining 15 stakeholder groups in more than 25 industries and more than 50 countries for more than 7,000 companies. 

“The overall reputation of America’s top retail companies has steadily improved over the last three years, signaling that these companies are being proactive and making a conscious decision to manage their reputations,” says RI’s chief research officer, Brad Hecht.

The full list of America’s top 50 most reputable companies in the retail industry can be found online at http://www.reputationinstitute.com/US-Retail-RepTrak.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

In Season: Basil

Source: Serious Eats - click here for full story.
22 Basil Recipes to Use Up Your Summer Bounty





























Fresh minty-herbal basil hits its stride come late spring and keeps growing strong all summer long. While we can't get enough of classic preparations like pesto, there are so many more ways to make the most of it. From light salads to crisp fritters, refreshing juleps, and beyond, we've got 22 ways to transform your bunch of basil into something unforgettable. - click here to continue.