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A Plant-Based kick in the teeth

- Produce with Pamela
My inbox is overloaded with keyword news alerts. The amount of “plant based” news that has little to do with fruits and vegetables is astounding – and, frankly, kind of depressing sometimes.

GoodFarms strawberries first EFI-certified product in Whole Foods market

- General News
Equitable Food Initiative, the workforce development and certification organization that partners with growers, farmworkers, retailers and consumer groups, announced that GoodFarms strawberries will debut as the first EFI-certified product in Whole Foods Market’s Sourced for Good program during May, which is also National Strawberry Month.

Whole Foods launches ‘Sourced for Good’ brand for sustainable products

- Retail
Today, Whole Foods Market launches Sourced for Good, an exclusive third-party-certification program to support responsible sourcing by providing tangible improvements in farmworkers’ lives, strengthening worker communities where products are sourced and promoting environmental stewardship where crops are grown.

UNFI extends distribution partnership with Whole Foods Market to September 2027

- Retail
United Natural Foods, Inc. announced today that it has extended its primary wholesale grocery distribution relationship with Whole Foods Market, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc. by entering into an extension of the current distribution agreement.

Whole Foods Market Forecasts Top 10 Food Trends for 2021

- Retail
Ever tried fruit or veggie jerky? It's a top trend for 2021, according to Whole Foods Market.

Crowded grocery aisles are becoming a problem

- Produce with Pamela
I’ve long been convinced the model of in-store picking for online grocery isn’t sustainable in the long run, and the service’s rapid expansion during the pandemic is exposing pain points.  

Whole Foods open first permanent dark store

- Retail
The new Industry City store opened September 1, though Amazon said in a blog post the planning for the new format began more than a year ago.

Whole Foods launches food redistribution program to reduce food waste

- Retail
A fleet of refrigerated vans will be sponsored by Whole Foods Market for food rescue organizations to transport perishable and nonperishable food to neighbors in need.

The Produce Reporter Week in Review – May 22, 2020

- General News
Greg and Pamela discuss the roller coaster $40 million contract awarded to Ben Holtz of California Avocados Direct in the USDA's Farmers to Families Food Box program, the controversy unfolding from the selection process, and how the majority of contracts are business as usual.

Amazon turns Whole Foods stores dark in online grocery catch-up

- Produce with Pamela
The back-and-forth of Amazon Prime grocery and Amazon Fresh contraction and expansion over the past three years has been a puzzler for me. Amazon is an e-commerce company. They bought a grocery store. Why was this not a better marriage?