Local food items and artisan products sought
ROCKVILLE, Md., 2016-Mar-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market is looking for unique products from local growers and producers to feature in two upcoming stores: H Street, Washington, D.C. and Pentagon City, Virginia. Interested suppliers can submit information online at www.wholefoodsmarket.com/malocal. The submission deadline is Friday, April 8.
Whole Foods Market defines local products as grown or produced within 100 miles of a store, or within the same state as a store. The H Street and Pentagon City locations are seeking a variety of products, from grocery and specialty items to produce, meat and seafood, to body care and lifestyle goods. Across the U.S., Whole Foods Market stores source from more than 6,500 local suppliers.
“Showcasing local supplier partners from within our communities is a core value of Whole Foods Market,” said Julia Obici, vice president of purchasing for Whole Foods Market’s Mid-Atlantic Region. “We can’t wait to see what DC/MD/VA artisans, food entrepreneurs, and growers have to share with our customers.”
Products from local suppliers must meet Whole Foods Market’s quality standards, which prohibit artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, sweeteners, and hydrogenated oils.