New lower prices on additional best-selling grocery items and holiday staples at Whole Foods Market stores

Prime members to receive added discount on organic and no antibiotic turkeys throughout Thanksgiving; New lower prices are in addition to the reduced prices that customers are already enjoying

AUSTIN, Texas & SEATTLE, 2017-Nov-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market and Amazon today announced new lower prices on additional best-selling grocery items and holiday staples at Whole Foods Market stores, including a new lower price on organic and no antibiotic turkeys for all customers – and an even deeper discount on organic and no antibiotic turkeys for Prime members. This offer is a sneak preview of the special savings and in-store benefits Prime members can expect when Prime becomes the official rewards program of Whole Foods Market.

“These are the latest new lower prices in our ongoing integration and innovation with Amazon, and we’re just getting started,” said John Mackey, Whole Foods Market co-founder and CEO. “In the few months we’ve been working together, our partnership has proven to be a great fit. We’ll continue to work closely together to ensure we’re consistently surprising and delighting our customers while moving toward our goal of reaching more people with Whole Foods Market’s high-quality, natural, and organic food.”

All customers will be able to purchase select organic ($3.49/lb) and no antibiotic ($2.49/lb) turkeys at reduced prices, and just in time for Thanksgiving, Prime members will save even more on turkeys ($2.99/lb organic/$1.99/lb no antibiotic), while supplies last. All fresh turkeys sold at Whole Foods Market must meet the grocer’s strict quality standards, including no antibiotics, no animal by-products in their feed, and animal welfare audits by third-party certifiers like Global Animal Partnership. For more details about this promotion, or to sign up for free trial of Prime, visit www.amazon.com/turkey.

Whole Foods Market will also offer lower prices starting today on an additional selection of customer favorites across its stores, including: Value Pack Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts (Organic and No Antibiotic), Responsibly Farmed Raw Peeled Shrimp, and holiday favorites such as 365 Everyday Value Canned Pumpkin, Organic Broccoli, 1lb Organic Salad Mixes, Organic Russet Potatoes, and Organic Sweet Potatoes.

All customers will also see reduced prices on products from some of the most well respected natural and organic brands, including Organic Rice from Lundberg Family Farms, Organic Beans from Eden Foods, Organic Chicken and Vegetable Broths from Pacific Foods, Organic Eggs and Milk from Organic Valley, and Toothpaste from Tom’s of Maine. Whole Foods Market is also offering lower everyday prices on some of the most popular products from well-known brands such as Chobani Yogurt, California Olive Ranch EVOO, Siggis Yogurt, Applegate Hot Dogs, and Fage Yogurt.

Whole Foods Market customers are increasingly interested in buying eggs from hens that have access to pasture and so Whole Foods Market is excited to be able to offer lower prices on the entire line of Pasture Raised Eggs from Vital Farms, including their Vital Farms, and Alfresco Brands.

All of these lower prices are in addition to the reduced prices that customers are already enjoying on best-selling items such as conventional and organic bananas, farm-raised salmon, and no antibiotic NY strip steak.

Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods Market closed in August 2017 and today’s new lower prices and collaborative programs are another step forward in the integration between the companies. Whole Foods Market and Amazon will together continue innovating to provide customers with a great shopping experience, in-store offerings, and lower prices.

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SOURCE: Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market stores to host one-day sale on organic produce On Earth Day, April 22

AUSTIN, Texas, 2017-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Earth Day, April 22, all Whole Foods Market stores will have a one-day sale on organic produce. Customers will receive $5 off any purchase of $25 or more of organic produce.

Whole Foods Market is celebrating Earth Day with organic produce for its many environmental benefits. Organic farming does not use environmentally harmful chemicals that may contaminate rain and groundwater; and this growing method replenishes and maintains healthy, fertile topsoil with rich biological matter, which limits erosion and impact on waterways.

Other organic standards include no toxic or persistent pesticides or herbicides, no sewer sludge or synthetic fertilizers, no GMOs, no antibiotics, no synthetic growth hormones and no irradiation.

Contact:

mail to: SOmedia@wholefoods.com

Source: Whole Foods Market

Mochi ice cream make its debut at Whole Foods Market stores

Celebrated Japanese-American dessert now available at select U.S. stores

AUSTIN, Texas, 2017-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market is now offering mochi ice cream in some U.S. stores, including Wheaton, Illinois, Fremont, California, and its flagship store in Austin, Texas. The dessert is also available at all three 365 by Whole Foods Market™ stores.

Mochi ice cream is a popular Japanese-American dessert made by covering bite-sized balls of ice cream with a sweet Japanese rice dough.

“We offer a variety of seasonally-driven mochi ice cream flavors in roughly half of our stores, and it’s been a successful program that we plan on expanding,” said Andy Sasser, coordinator of culinary operations at Whole Foods Market.

Individual mochi ice creams are available in self-serve cases and shoppers can choose from a variety of flavors, including chocolate, mango and matcha green tea. Prices may vary slightly from store to store, but are around $2 per mochi.

Contact:

Kristina Bradford
kristina.bradford@wholefoods.com
225.287.6958

Source: Whole Foods Market

Animal welfare documentary film “At the Fork” available exclusively at select Whole Foods Market stores

Animal welfare documentary film “At the Fork” available exclusively at select Whole Foods Market stores

 

Animal welfare documentary available exclusively in retailer’s stores and via iTunes and Amazon

AUSTIN, Texas, 2017-Jan-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — The animal welfare documentary film “At the Fork” is now available on DVD exclusively at select Whole Foods Market stores and on-demand via iTunes and Amazon.

The film, which premiered in theaters nationwide this summer, follows omnivore filmmaker John Papola and his vegetarian wife, Lisa, on the couple’s cross-country journey to learn how animals are raised for consumption in the U.S. Through behind-the-scenes footage and in-depth interviews with farmers and animal welfare experts, the film examines the complex world of animal agriculture, including many of the challenges and opportunities that exist within the current system.

“We’re proud to support this film because we believe it has the power to help drive change across the industry,” said Whole Foods Market CEO and co-founder John Mackey. “In addition to sparking a deeper conversation about animal welfare in agriculture, the film showcases how consumers can vote with their dollars to directly influence the way farmers raise their animals.”

Many of the farming practices examined in the film, including cages, crates and crowding, are prohibited under Whole Foods Market’s rigorous animal welfare standards. Since 2011, all of the fresh pork, chicken, turkey and beef sold at Whole Foods Market has come from farms that have been certified to Global Animal Partnership’s 5-Step™ Animal Welfare Program.

In addition to filmmakers John Papola and Lisa Versaci, “At the Fork” features a number of experts in the food, farming and animal welfare fields, including: Mark Bittman (renowned cookbook author and former New York Times columnist); Leah Garces (Compassion in World Farming and board member at Global Animal Partnership); Dr. Temple Grandin (professor, Colorado State University); John Mackey (CEO and co-founder of Whole Foods Market); and Wayne Pacelle (president and CEO of the Humane Society of the U.S).

For more information about the film, visit: www.attheforkfilm.com.

Contact:
Darrah Gist
darrah.gist@wholefoods.com
678.638.5888

Lauren Bernath
lauren.bernath@wholefoods.com
678.638.5805

Source: Whole Foods Market

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Whole Foods Market stores announces that all 365 Everyday Value® eggs are verified Non-GMO

Whole Foods Market stores announces that all 365 Everyday Value® eggs are verified Non-GMO
Whole Foods Market stores announces that all 365 Everyday Value® eggs are verified Non-GMO

 

AUSTIN, TX, 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — As of October 1, all 365 Everyday Value® eggs sold in Whole Foods Market stores are from farms verified to only use Non-GMO feed. The eggs are either certified organic or Non-GMO Project Verified, both third-party programs that prohibit the use of GMOs in feed.

All eggs sold in Whole Foods Market stores have been cage-free since 2005.

Whole Foods Market has been collaborating with its supplier partners for years to source more certified organic products and products made with Non-GMO verified ingredients, and to secure and increase the availability of Non-GMO verified animal feed.

In 2013, Whole Foods Market became the first national grocer to set a deadline for GMO transparency in its U.S. and Canadian stores.1

Since that announcement, Whole Foods Market now offers more than 11,500 Non-GMO Project verified products – a threefold increase in three years. The grocer also offers more than 25,000 certified organic choices companywide2 making Whole Foods Market a top destination for shoppers who are looking to avoid GMOs. (USDA National Organic Standards prohibit the use of GMOs.)

1 The company has 7 stores in the U.K., which already requires labeling for foods that intentionally contain or are produced from GMO ingredients.

2 Product mix varies by store, so not all stores carry all products

Contact:

Darrah Gist
darrah.gist@wholefoods.com
678.638.5888

Lauren Bernath
lauren.bernath@wholefoods.com
678.638.5805

Source: Whole Foods Market

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Whole Foods Market stores in Northern California and Reno, Nevada to donate 5 percent of their July 20 sales to fund 13 local small businesses

Northern California, 2016-Jul-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market’s 43 stores in Northern California and Reno, Nevada, will donate 5 percent of their Wednesday, July 20, sales to fund Local Producer Grants given to 13 small businesses in the region.

The Whole Foods Market Local Producer Grant, presented by Working Solutions, is designed to support the growth of businesses bringing innovative, high quality natural products to the marketplace. Recipients are selected by Whole Foods Market’s regional buyers because they offer best-in-category quality, present an ingredient in a new way, and/or show a strong commitment to a mission or environmental cause. Additionally, recipients’ products must meet Whole Foods Market’s strict quality standards.

This year’s grant recipients are:

The grants will follow a Community Giving Day on July 20. With Community Giving days, Whole Foods Market donates 5 percent of sales from a given day to a cause that supports the local community or economy. Five percent of the 43 stores’ total sales from July 20 will be donated to Working Solutions, a nonprofit microlender committed to helping San Francisco Bay Area entrepreneurs realize their dreams of business ownership. Working Solutions offers both capital and free business consulting to all borrowers. The organization administers the Local Producer grants following Whole Foods Market funding, and remains available as both an additional funding resource and an educational resource for winners.

“We are proud to be partnering with Whole Foods Market on the Local Producer Grant Program for this third year,” said Emily Gasner, Working Solutions CEO. “We’ve helped distribute over $400,000 in grant funds to nearly 80 businesses; these dollars have helped past grant recipients grow their businesses in many ways: from new packaging to organic certification to repairing broken equipment. We are thrilled to complement our own mission of providing affordable small business loans and personalized business consulting with the grants provided through Whole Foods Market and the 5% Day program.

Whole Foods Market has long been committed to supporting local producers. This is the third year for the grant program. In 2007, the company founded the Local Producer Loan Program, which provides short term, low-interest loans for capital expenditures for small food producers. To date, the Local Producer Loan Program has loaned more than $20 million to small businesses nationwide. For more information on Whole Foods Market’s support of local vendors, visit wholefoodsmarket.com/local.

Contact:

Beth Krauss
beth.krauss@wholefoods.com
510.428.7400

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Whole Foods Market stores in Northern California and Reno, Nevada to donate 5 percent of their July 20 sales to fund 13 local small businesses
Whole Foods Market stores in Northern California and Reno, Nevada to donate 5 percent of their July 20 sales to fund 13 local small businesses

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