October 1, 2014
Natural Markets Food Group, an industry leader in providing natural, organic food and healthy lifestyle products at its retail and food service outlets, including Mrs. Green’s Natural Market, Planet Organic Markets in Canada, and Richtree Natural Markets Restaurants in Toronto, proudly named Pat Brown as their new Chief Executive Officer today – welcoming his leadership and decade of experience in the natural and organic food sector to their team.
Pat and his wife, Robin, have relocated from Portland, Oregon, to Westchester County, New York.
Brown has had a long, successful career in the organic food industry, throughout which he has been a tireless advocate of living a healthy, natural life. His first job, working in a grocery store in his hometown of Davenport, Iowa, inspired a lifelong love of the food and food service industry. Brown officially joined NMFG in July 2014, after serving as the Chief Operations Officer of New Seasons Market, a locally owned chain of natural food stores in Oregon.
“Mrs. Green’s core mission—helping consumers and families understand the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and access natural, organic foods and products —fits naturally with my own values and background of experience in the organic food sector,” Pat Brown said.
“Together, I believe we can help educate consumers about the advantages of living a healthy lifestyle, help families access natural food that’s great for them and their kids—and expand our business in the process. My wife, Robin, and I are proud to join the Natural Market’s family and call our stores home.”
Brown received his degree in business from Saint Ambrose University and immediately began gaining valuable retail experience at food companies across the United States. He developed a passion for healthy living during the course of his career, and has since worked tirelessly to promote natural and organic foods. As a member of the Board of Directors at Zenger Farms in Portland, Oregon, he was instrumental in the development of a farmers’ market program that emphasized educating city children on where good food comes from. Pat also played a role in getting the markets sponsored by Zenger Farms to accept payment through SNAP funds, the first large-scale organization to do so.
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