Whole Foods Market announces annual Supplier All-Star Award winners

National natural products retailer honors brands that embrace quality, innovation and social responsibility.

June 17, 2023

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Whole Foods Market announces annual Supplier All-Star Awards

Whole Foods Market on Wednesday announced the recipients of its annual Supplier All-Star Awards, recognizing 15 brands that raise the industry bar for quality, innovation, value and social responsibility. They also are aligned with Whole Foods Market’s core values, such as caring for local communities and practicing win-win partnerships.

This year’s recipients, who are being honored for their contributions throughout 2022, include brands that have been on Whole Foods Market's shelves from two to 28 years. The awards, now in their 11th year, previously were called Supplier of the Year Awards.

“We are proud to recognize this dedicated group of suppliers and the work they do to serve our customers, advance our mission and propel the industry forward every day,” said Sonya Gafsi Oblisk, chief merchandising and marketing officer at Whole Foods Market. “From emerging local brands to long-standing partners beloved by our team members and customers, these suppliers are essential to our business and continue to raise the bar for excellence within the grocery space. Congratulations to this year’s all-stars on this well-deserved recognition.”

Whole Foods Market leaders, category experts and merchants select winners across all departments and product categories, including private label, produce, specialty, seafood, meat, grocery, culinary and whole body. Suppliers are also nominated by Whole Foods Market’s dedicated local foragers, who are responsible for finding new and emerging local producers within the communities served by Whole Foods Market.

Related:Whole Foods' honors 30 companies with 10th annual Supplier Awards

Whole Foods Market’s Supplier All-Stars for 2022:

  • Abbot’s Butcher—A women-owned, plant-based meat company based in Venice, California, with Non-GMO Project Verified, gluten free, Certified Vegan products.

  • Athletic Brewing Co.—Based in Milford, Connecticut, this non-alcoholic beer brand is also B Corp certified.

  • Blue Stripes Urban Cacao—Made from the shell, fruit and beans of the cacao, products include a variety of cacao waters, chocolate bars, chocolate-covered beans and more.

  • Ciruli Brothers—Produce brand based in Pueblo, Colorado.

  • Eel River Organic Beef—Grass-fed, USDA Organic beef steaks, sausages, patties, broth and more from a ranch in the the Eel River Valley in northern California.

  • Frial—Normandy, France-based provider of various private-label products that are locally and sustainably sourced and use sustainable packaging.

  • Jasper Hill Farm—A small-scale dairy and creamery set in northern Vermont that creates artisan cheeses.

  • Kettle Cuisine—Creator of refrigerated and frozen soups, sauces, center-plate entrees and more, under a variety of brand names.

  • New Chapter—A Vermont-based vitamin and supplement company that uses non-GMO ingredients and, as a Certified B Corp, focuses on sustainability.

  • Organic Valley—A cooperative of more than 1,600 family farms that produce USDA Organic and Certified Grass-Fed eggs and dairy products.

  • Pangea Shellfish Company—A Boston, Massachusetts-based premium wholesaler that specializes in farmed oysters.

  • Patagonian Lamb—USDA Organic lambs, raised in the Patagonia Region of South America, are grass fed and free from antibiotics, supplements and hormones.

  • SIMPLi—Created an equitable and regenerative food system, sourcing pantry ingredients from around the globe.

  • The Elite Flower—Floral organization that embraces sustainability, certified by the Ethical Trading Initiative, Global G.A.P., the Rainforest Alliance, Fair Trade Certified and more.

  • Vital Farms—Provider of pasture-raised, organic, restorative and "true blues" eggs through a partnership of more than 300 small family farms committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Source: Whole Foods Market

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