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Bobby Hawley says ...
Hi everyone, We’d like to address the many comments regarding the promotion of halal products in our stores. We are still carrying and promoting halal products for those that are celebrating Ramadan this month. We never sent a communication from our headquarters requesting that stores take down any signs or remove any part of this promotion. We have 12 different operating regions and unfortunately, one region reacted to some negative online comments by sending out directions to promote halal certified foods and not specifically the holiday of Ramadan. We’re extremely excited about offering a selection of halal products for our shoppers and we stand behing them AND our promotion of them.
08/09/2011 3:05:28 PM CDT
Ron says ...
Wonderful article!
08/10/2011 9:51:06 AM CDT
nalini says ...
Great article, sorry to read some negative comments to Whole Foods. I'm am not muslim, yet I appreciate that a major food chain has taken the lead on this. This is America and we live here among so many different cultures. Born and Raised here, I learned that being civil,respectful and tolerate has always been core value of our nation. Other food chains recognize the Christian and Jewish holidays and LINE the aisles with sales and commonly used products. Those of you that shop during the holidays experience the rush and chaos in many stores. We know how difficult it is working and maintaining a family as you try to follow your traditions and culture. Most of you probably appreciate that you have access to a store that caters to you by bringing in extra stock, special items and in some cases they fill a entire aisle with certain foods for the occasion. So why not respect Whole Food for doing the same for others. I see it as a convenience for their customers to find the items they use and need for the occasion. We see the same done for 4th of July, Memorial Weekend and Thanksgiving which is non denominational, yet all of us no matter what religion will run to the stores for all these sales. We are Americans and should honor that by acting with tolerance and support. Thank you Whole food for taking the lead on tolerance and support. Happy Holiday to all. PS whole food, I haven't seen anything yet for Hindu's for Diwali and Holy yet,maybe that is to come soon.
08/10/2011 11:41:04 AM CDT
Mary Bohm says ...
Thanks for letting us understand this important ritual. It is no stranger than meatless Fridays and Lent in my Catholic tradition. Peace
08/10/2011 1:27:28 PM CDT
Richard says ...
Very Interesting. Thanks for the education on this topic.
07/27/2011 7:48:11 PM CDT
Sabiha says ...
Great article, Yvonne!
07/27/2011 8:40:35 PM CDT
Kari says ...
This is great! Finally a major retailer has recognized it's Muslim customers! We will drive an extra 5 miles for groceries to shop at Whole Foods due to this effort on their part. We appreciate this!
07/27/2011 8:51:43 PM CDT
wood turtle says ...
Excellent article! And yummy. My favourite date combo is with sharp cheddar cheese.
07/28/2011 9:02:25 AM CDT
Ayse says ...
Certainly will try the date recipe...
08/12/2011 9:45:14 AM CDT
Fareha says ...
Wonderful article! Thanks Whole Foods for including Ramadan in your blog!
07/28/2011 12:22:49 PM CDT
Ameenah Muhammad says ...
Yvonne what a wonderful article! I will try this date recipe it sounds delicious. It is wonderful to see retailers such as Whole Foods embracing The blassed month of Ramadhan and their Muslim American Neighbors.
07/28/2011 4:28:35 PM CDT
Matthew says ...
<strong>Answered by CQ-jj</strong> I am shocked to hear that the executives at Whole Food has succumbed to the demands of few bigots who have no tolerance for other cultures. The actions your executives have come to take in regards to pulling down Ramadan promoting signs from your stores is a pure indication that your executives do not have the strong character to hold such positions and is an indication that they belong to the opposite end of the moral spectrum. Whole Food will lose a large market share of Muslims and Muslim supporters due to your unethical and bigot conduct. I, myself, will ensure that Whole Food suffers the consequences of your bigoted decisions by ensuring that all people boycott your store and products. Thanks to the social networks that have made such task an easy one. I will be visiting Whole Food stores tomorrow, not to shop, but simply to look for Ramadan promoting signs and failure to find any will mark the beginning of an ugly marketing battle against Whole Food. I am extremely disappointed by the weak response and atrocious decisions your executives have taken by pulling "Ramadan" promoting signs.
08/25/2011 11:31:44 PM CDT
MRK says ...
I went out and bought the Saffron Road entree when I first found out Whole Foods was carrying this halal product last year. It was actually very good! I am a regular whole foods customer (i buy raw honey from Whole Foods, which has the biggest selection of raw honey). I want to commend Whole Foods for stepping up and recognizing a holiday celebrated by a quarter of the world's population! Thanks!
08/16/2011 3:09:25 PM CDT
salwa says ...
I am so appreciative of Whole Foods supporting halal and organic products! I have been in search of halal chicken broth for years- I will absolutely go out of my way to go to whole foods from now on!
08/17/2011 10:46:07 AM CDT
Melinda says ...
these are some wonderful ideas to try. Thank you
08/17/2011 7:58:45 PM CDT
janejohnson says ...
@Ima Good suggestion! It really depends on your taste buds. Often times yogurt, especially thick, creamy Greek yogurt is a great substitution for other creamy ingredients and provides a great deal of protein and flavor while avoiding some fat and calories. I've used Greek yogurt in place of creme fraiche before and found it to be a great substitution!
08/26/2011 12:30:58 PM CDT
Eliza says ...
Enjoyed the article sister! I enjoy cooking so much more during Ramadan and my husband certainly appreciates all the 'special' food I prepare. Will definitely try the date recipe you posted as this is how we usually break our fast.
08/27/2011 10:06:41 PM CDT
Islam says ...
A big thanks to Whole Foods for recognizing that there are many American Muslims who go virtually unnoticed in the business world.
08/29/2011 4:10:28 PM CDT
Beula Quigley says ...
Nothing against the article, but I disagree with a couple of points to some extenct. I'm probably a minority though, lol. Thanks for sharing.
11/16/2011 4:21:25 AM CST
Dilman Yasin says ...
I came across your blog and website via pinterest.. and I am so glad that I did!! I am a fellow Muslim and am excited to be spending it making foods every day to break our fast. This is my first year as a maried couple living on our own and not having to rely on mother or mother in law. So I am always looking to find different foods and options.And I LOVE Whole Foods!!! All of their selection and variety is very helpful.
06/13/2013 10:37:46 PM CDT
Victor Sanchez says ...
This is great news. I am sure that after I tell the people in my mosque they will love to go shopping at Wholefood during and after Ramadan for some good halal food. Thank you for this big step .
07/05/2013 6:33:27 PM CDT

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