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Flavorful Italian Salami Made in the US

By Jeremy London, October 6, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Jeremy London
Jeremy, one of our national meat buyers, has worked for Whole Foods Market since 2007 and brought with him not only a range of past experience but his enthusiasm for helping to create and maintain a meat program that is held to the highest standards from farm to fork. Have you ever tasted an authentic Italian salami? You know, the ones that you see hanging in the window of an old-fashioned meat shop, encased in that strange but enticing white substance. My first salami experience came straight from the basement of a house belonging to an experienced butcher I used to work with. He always had some dried meats hanging from the basement ceiling with butcher string. They were as bold flavored and well textured as any meat that I have ever tried. Simply peel back the casing and step back in time to a traditional preservation method that heightens a freshly ground and flavored pork mixture to the sophisticated level of a finely aged cheese (which should definitely be on the same plate when indulging!). Many years and bottles of wine have passed since I’ve enjoyed that flavor, but recently I tasted something so similar it deserves attention! Whole Foods Market has recently started working with Olli Salumeria Americana. The founder, Olliviero Colmignoli, moved from Italy to Virginia with the intention of producing high quality, authentic prosciutto and Salumi products that are 100% made in America, with all the authenticity of the best Italian producers. He hit the mark, in my opinion, and if anyone has ever known a similar home craftsman like the one I mentioned above, then this product is worth a try for comparison. By the end of this year, Olli’s products will be available in all of our US regions. What makes this company even more special to me is the relationship we share, not only in providing high quality products to our customers, but in the sourcing of the meat that goes into these items. Whole Foods Market recently implemented Global Animal Partnership’s 5-Step™ Animal Welfare Rating Program aimed at bringing transparency to our animal raising standards and traceability of our animals back to birth. The buyers in our National Meat Purchasing Office work hand in hand with Olli’s team to supply them the 5-Step rated raw materials they need for their product. For example, Olli purchases whole hams from one of our organic pork suppliers — Becker Lane Organic Pork — to make his prosciutto. The traditional raising practices used at Jude Becker’s farm contribute to a tremendous flavor profile along with a fat structure that can be described as rich and creamy; Olli’s prosciutto shines after aging for two years at the perfect temperature and humidity in his plant. At the end of the day, Olli Salumeria not only sparks great memories for me but also provides Whole Foods Market with an exceptional product for our customers while supporting our commitment to animal welfare. Give it a try and tell us what you think of Olli’s salami or prosciutto!
Category: Meat




MomOfhealth says ...
Finally salami I can happily feed my Italian children!
10/12/2011 6:04:43 PM CDT
Pat Waller says ...
I am a true salami fan. Thank you for this update. I would like to mention a delicious salami that I discovered in San Francisco a few weeks ago at the Italian Market on Mission St. (at Third). It is Finocchiona Salami -- Made in USA, by Molinari. I have not tried to find it in San Diego, but I'm hoping that it will be available at my Whole Foods in Hillcrest.
10/12/2011 10:38:55 PM CDT
Howard Fain says ...
When will the Italian Salami made in the US be available in the RI stores?
10/13/2011 12:48:42 AM CDT
Doug Bingenheimer says ...
I'm so looking forward to this experience! How about a tasting event?
10/13/2011 8:01:44 AM CDT
janejohnson says ...
@Howard Mmm salami! Since our product offering varies from store to store based on a number of variables, the best way to get the most accurate information regarding the availability of Italian Salami in the RI stores is to reach out to them directly. The link below will take you to the contact page for the Providence store. A Team Member there will be happy to speak with you about if/when they're planning to offer the Italian Salami. http://wholefoodsmarket.com/company/contact_direct.php?tlc=PRO
10/18/2011 9:41:54 AM CDT
Dave Tatge says ...
Can I buy this salami online? How much are they? Thanks!
11/07/2012 12:03:17 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@DAVE - We currently do not offer online ordering for our products as our items vary between store locations and regions. Check with your local store to see if they carry similar options! Find their contact info at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/list.
11/07/2012 3:44:55 PM CST
Joe says ...
Do you have or can you get Felino salami?
04/25/2014 5:55:00 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@JOE - Our exact salami options differ. Check with your local store to see what they have in stock!
04/28/2014 1:11:39 PM CDT