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Whole Foods names supplier award winners

Whole Foods Market announced 30 awards presented to suppliers in the Unites States, United Kingdom and Canada as part of the company’s 10th annual Supplier of the Year Awards. Campos Borquez was named a Supplier of the Year, the company’s most prestigious award given to suppliers who rise to the top in overall excellence. The company was also named the winner of Whole Foods' Regenerative Agriculture Commitment Award.

Awards recognize suppliers that exemplify the company’s mission and core values, and are presented in categories such as outstanding innovation, environmental stewardship, purpose-driven empowerment and the company’s top category, supplier of the year.

“We’re incredibly proud to showcase the exceptional achievements of our suppliers who work so hard to serve our customers and support our mission,” said Sonya Gafsi Oblisk, chief marketing and communications officer at Whole Foods Market. “Our suppliers are essential to our business. On this 10th anniversary of the awards program, we are particularly grateful for the partnership and dedication of this extraordinary group who continues to raise the industry bar for quality, innovation, and social responsibility.”

“I was thrilled to see each of the regional winners for the 2021 Supplier of the Year Awards,” said Will Betts, vice president of local merchandising at Whole Foods Market. “It was a year of great growth for the local program in our communities and stores, and it set the stage for some of the incredibly important work that our local program will be doing in 2022. Congratulations to our winners on this well-deserved recognition.”

In February, Whole Foods Market announced its Local and Emerging Accelerator Program, which will offer mentorship directly from Whole Foods Market experts, tailored education for small and emerging producers and the potential for financial support to promote business growth. Additionally, selected producers’ products will gain placement on the shelves of their home city’s Whole Foods Market stores, making them eligible for growth within the company and contenders for future Supplier of the Year Awards.

Award recipients include:

Supplier of the Year

  • Campos Borquez
  • American Tuna
  • Willamette Valley Pie Company

Regional Winners:

  • The Backyard Food Company (North Atlantic)
  • Talea Beer Co. (Northeast)
  • Tsiona Foods (Mid-Atlantic)
  • Murphy’s Naturals (Southeast)
  • Every Body Eat (Midwest)
  • Calyan Wax Co (Southwest)
  • SpudLove Potato Chips (Pacific Northwest)
  • Barebottle Brewing Co. (Northern California)
  • Asha Pops (Southern Pacific)
  • Karaway (UK)
  • Ruby Jean’s Juicery (Rocky Mountain)

Rookie of the Year winners:

  • Mary Ruth’s
  • Willamette Valley Pie Co.
  • Juneshine
  • The Organic Rancher

Raising the Bar for Quality:

  • Driscoll’s
  • Organic Valley
  • Golden West Food Group

Outstanding Innovation:

  • Hoplark
  • Cypress Grove

Supply Chain Support:

  • Koch Turkey Farm
  • John J. Jerue Truck Broker Inc.
  • Raw Seafoods

Environmental Stewardship:

  • Serenity Kids
  • American Tuna

Purpose Driven Empowerment:

  • McBride Sisters
  • Alter Eco

Regenerative Agriculture Commitment: Campos Borquez

Service and Partnership: Keto Krisp

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