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Wednesdays at Whole Foods – Meet the Soapman, Shining Bright, New on the Shelves

Wednesdays at Whole Foods - Meet the Soapman, Shining Bright, New on the Shelves

On the first Wednesday of every other month, I have a column called Wednesdays at Whole Foods. It showcases the most interesting news, products, store events, and happenings at the company. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE SOAP Have you ever heard of Dark Rye? No, not the bread. The James Beard award-winning online magazine from Whole Foods […]

Wednesdays at Whole Foods
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On the first Wednesday of every other month, I have a column called Wednesdays at Whole Foods. It showcases the most interesting news, products, store events, and happenings at the company.

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE SOAP

Have you ever heard of Dark Rye?

No, not the bread. The James Beard award-winning online magazine from Whole Foods Market that is putting out incredibly compelling content with cutting edge design. If you haven’t seen it yet, definitely take a look. You’ll be surprised, and very impressed, at what you discover.

In the recently released issue of Dark Rye called The Body Issue, we are introduced to Olowan’djo Tchala, the founder of Alaffia, an African company producing super-high quality lotions, body and face washes, soaps, and other body care products.

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Olowan’djo Tchala started the company as a way to support communities and employ women in his home country of Togo. All of the shea and coconut products sourced for his products are fair trade, and the shea is harvested and processed in Togo by a cooperative of women who use a traditional, centuries-old technique. Using this process means keeping African traditions and culture alive while simultaneously processing ingredients without harmful chemicals. Read more »


Wednesdays at Whole Foods – A FANTASTIC New Rating System, Craft Time, Gone Fishing in Peru

Wednesdays at Whole Foods - A FANTASTIC New Rating System, Craft Time, Gone Fishing in Peru

On the first Wednesday of every other month, I have a column called Wednesdays at Whole Foods. It showcases the most interesting news, products, store events, and happenings at the company. HOW DOES YOUR PRODUCE RATE? While it may not have received as much national attention as the decision to label all GMOs in its […]

Wednesdays at Whole Foods
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On the first Wednesday of every other month, I have a column called Wednesdays at Whole Foods. It showcases the most interesting news, products, store events, and happenings at the company.

HOW DOES YOUR PRODUCE RATE?

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While it may not have received as much national attention as the decision to label all GMOs in its stores by 2018, the announcement by Whole Foods Market to introduce a new rating system for flowers and produce could prove to be equally as important.

Beginning in September 2014, Whole Foods Market will present customers with a three-tier rating system and begin displaying ratings of “GOOD,” “BETTER” and “BEST” throughout the produce and floral departments. Read more »


Wednesdays at Whole Foods – On The Juice, What’s Cooking in New Orleans, Partnership with VH1

Wednesdays at Whole Foods - On The Juice, What's Cooking in New Orleans, Partnership with VH1

On the first and third Wednesday of each month, I have a column called Wednesdays at Whole Foods. It showcases the most interesting news, products, store events, and happenings at the company. If you have any suggestions, ideas, or things that you would like to see in this post, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I […]

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On the first and third Wednesday of each month, I have a column called Wednesdays at Whole Foods. It showcases the most interesting news, products, store events, and happenings at the company.

If you have any suggestions, ideas, or things that you would like to see in this post, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I would love to hear from you.

ON THE JUICE

No, this is not another story about pressed organic juice.

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Instead, I want to talk to you about a different kind of juice – electricity.

When I first heard about a ribbon cutting ceremony for an electric vehicle charging station (EVCS) at the Whole Foods Market store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, I said to myself  “Wow, that’s interesting.”

But once I did more digging, I realized that the company’s EVCS program is not new at all but has been flourishing for the last few years. (You have to cut me some slack – I live in NYC and don’t drive here.)

With the first EVCS installed in 2010 at the Lamar store in Austin, Texas, the company now has a total of 93 stations at stores in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, and there is no cost to charge a car. Read more »


Wednesdays at Whole Foods – Raw Tea, 522 in Washington State, Class is in Session

Wednesdays at Whole Foods - Raw Tea, 522 in Washington State, Class is in Session

On the first and third Wednesday of each month, I have a column called Wednesdays at Whole Foods. It showcases the most interesting news, products, store events, and happenings at the company.   If you have any suggestions, ideas, or things that you would like to see in this post, please don’t hesitate to contact me. […]

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On the first and third Wednesday of each month, I have a column called Wednesdays at Whole Foods. It showcases the most interesting news, products, store events, and happenings at the company.  

If you have any suggestions, ideas, or things that you would like to see in this post, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I would love to hear from you.

THE SECOND ACT OF HARMLESS HARVEST

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Without question, Harmless Harvest is one of the most innovative and successful companies in the organic food sector.

They were one of the first beverage companies to use HPP (high pressure processing – a technology that uses pressure, instead of heat, to kill bacteria while maintaining a high percentage of enzymes and nutrients) and launched the world’s first “raw” coconut water. The product remains so popular that keeping it on supermarket shelves is still a challenge.

Not content to be a one-trick pony, Co-Founders Justin Guilbert and Douglas Riboud have spent the last two years preparing to shake up the another segment of the beverage world – the tea market.

Harmless Harvest has just launched the world’s first “raw” tea – using HPP and no hot water to brew the tea. It is a cold-water process, which “maintains the powerful flavor, fragrance, and nutritional profile of the raw leaf while controlling the tannins – or bitterness – released,” said Douglas Riboud, and the tea contains no detectable levels of caffeine. Read more »


NEW!! Wednesdays at Whole Foods – Detroit Update, Rooftop Farms, Selling Vinyl, and More

NEW!! Wednesdays at Whole Foods - Detroit Update, Rooftop Farms, Selling Vinyl, and More

Whole Foods has a very important place in both the organic industry and the American cultural landscape, and as I have gotten to know the company better, the more fascinated that I have become with it. Since the company has so many cool initiatives going on all of the time, most of which do not […]

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Whole Foods has a very important place in both the organic industry and the American cultural landscape, and as I have gotten to know the company better, the more fascinated that I have become with it.

Since the company has so many cool initiatives going on all of the time, most of which do not get the attention that they deserve, I have decided to create something called Wednesdays at Whole Foods. This column will appear on the first and third Wednesday of each month and will showcase a wide variety of news, interviews, and other features.

If you have any suggestions, ideas, or things that you would like to see in this post, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I would love to hear from you.

In the meantime, enjoy my new column – Wednesdays at Whole Foods!

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THE LATEST IN MOTOWN

In one of the most anticipated events in the company’s history, Whole Foods cut the ribbon on a new store in inner city Detroit a few months ago and as you can tell from the picture above, it was an absolute mob scene on opening day. Read more »