16 natural brands receive Whole Foods’ annual Supplier All-Star Awards

The winners exemplify the national retailer’s spirit of innovation and collaboration, an executive says. See which natural and organic brands were honored.

April 12, 2024

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16 natural brands receive Whole Foods’ annual Supplier All-Star Awards

Whole Foods Market announced on Wednesday the recipients of its highly anticipated Supplier All-Star Awards for 2023.

The 16 brands exemplify excellence through quality, innovation, value and sustainability, while enhancing the shopping experience in stores across the country and supporting Whole Foods.

“We are proud to shine a spotlight on this committed group of suppliers and the remarkable contributions they've made to enriching our customer’s shopping experiences, advancing our purpose, and pushing the boundaries of excellence within the industry,” said Sonya Gafsi Oblisk, chief merchandising and marketing officer at Whole Foods Market. “These suppliers embody the spirit of collaboration and innovation that Whole Foods Market was built upon more than 40 years ago. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to this year’s Supplier All-Stars for their well-deserved recognition.”

The recipients of the Supplier All-Star Awards are handpicked by a dedicated team of Whole Foods Market leaders, category experts and merchants, spanning all departments and product categories, including private label, produce, specialty, seafood, meat, grocery, culinary and whole body. In contrast to previous years’ awards, the suppliers were not honored in separate divisions.

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These brands were named Whole Foods Market’s Supplier All-Stars for 2023:

  • Aloha, a plant-based provider of vegan, USDA Organic protein products such as bars, mini bars, powders and drinks, all of which are Non-GMO Project Verified.

  • Amylu Foods’ founder pioneered the chicken sausage category while working in her family’s traditional sausage company. It now offers chicken meatballs and burgers, all made with natural ingredients.

  • Atlantic Sea Farms is a woman-led seaweed farming company dedicated to support the health of its customers, its communities and the planet.

  • Bridor adapts European bakery products for North America with treats such as country style loaf, rosemary and olive oil focaccia, and brioche burger buns; and bistros, filled danishes and croissants.

  • Chelten House, a fourth-generation, family-run co-packer, has developed more than 1,000 products with innovative flavors for retailers’ private-label offerings and food service providers’ unique needs.

  • Dr. Bronner's, a natural products pioneer brand, creates soaps, shampoos, hand sanitizer as well as chocolate bars. The brand also was a co-founder of Regenerative Organic Alliance.

  • FoodMatch produces and imports Mediterranean foods such as olives, antipasti, condiments and more for retailers’ delis and food service providers.

  • Forever Cheese imports—what else?—cheeses, charcuterie, confections and other specialty foods from Italy, Spain, Portugal, Croatia and Switzerland.

  • Happy Dirt is a farmer-owned, organic produce supplier.  

  • Health-Ade got its start in a farmer’s market by a husband, a wife and best friend who set out to make a great-tasting, high-quality kombucha.

  • LaBelle Patrimoine raises its air-chilled chickens in accordance with the high standards of Global Animal Partnership’s Animal Welfare Certification; the Better Chicken Project; Better Chicken Commitment and the USDA’s Approved Regeneratively Raised program.

  • Lundberg Family Farms, a California rice farm and brand, is the top Regenerative Organic Certified food brand in the U.S.

  • Pacific Seafood, a family-owned fishery based in Clackamas, Oregon, offers a variety of center-plate proteins including seafood, beef, pork and poultry.

  • Rainier Fruit Co is a family-owned and operated farm that grows organic apples, pears, cherries and blueberries in Washington’s Columbia Basin.

  • Siete Family Foods is named for the seven family members that started this grain-free tortilla brand because of one member’s health issues.

  • Wölffer Estate Vineyard, located in Sagaponack, New York, produces premium wines, ciders and spirits on a 175-acre estate and in partnership with farmers in Argentina and Spain.

Source: Whole Foods Market

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