Whole Foods Grocery Chain looks for local food suppliers for Lansdowne store

Whole Foods is calling on local farmers and artisans to help stock the shelves of its new market at the redeveloped Lansdowne Park this year. 

The Trendy US grocery chain retailer has strict conditions about what ingredients can be used. As it has done in the U.S., the company issued a call for people in the area who sell non-genetically modified foods from the area around a store to pitch them on items such as salad dressing, fair trade coffee and products.

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Savour Ottawa, a group representing about 90 Ottawa-area farmers, said a spot on Whole Foods shelves would help local companies expand their reach.

Ottawa area farms and local producers met with Whole Foods in January to go over their guidelines, which include no artificial colours or flavours.

Whole Foods search for local goods won’t stop when the Lansdowne Park store opens later this year.


Background information about Whole Foods Market Company

Whole Foods seeks out the finest natural and organic foods available, maintain the strictest quality standards in the industry, and have an unshakeable commitment to sustainable agriculture.

Whole Foods Market was founded in Austin, Texas, when four local business people decided the natural foods industry was ready for a supermarket format.

The founders were John Mackey and Renee Lawson Hardy, owners of Safer Way Natural Foods, and Craig Weller and Mark Skiles, owners of Clarksville Natural Grocery.

The original Whole Foods Market opened in 1980 with a staff of only 19 people. It was an immediate success. At the time, there were less than half a dozen natural food supermarkets in the United States.

They have now grown by leaps and bounds since the first store opened

Source: Whole Foods Website

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