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True Partnerships with Farmers and Ranchers

By Frances Flower, March 30, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Frances Flower
The Meat Purchasing Team at Whole Foods Market holds dear to our hearts the company’s core value of creating “ongoing win-win partnerships with our suppliers.” Having worked here for a number of years now, I can honestly say that our teams go the extra mile to forge and nurture long-term partnerships with our meat suppliers. Some of our suppliers have been with us for almost 30 years! In creating true winning partnerships, the first step is communication. We talk with our suppliers frequently, visit with them regularly, collaborate with them on new initiatives, and work with them on new products. For Whole Foods Market to be successful, we need to ensure that our suppliers are also successful. This is how a true partnership works. Our farmers and ranchers also like to come to our stores to sample their product and to connect directly with our customers. They appreciate having the opportunity to help our customers learn where their food comes from and how the animals are raised, which also helps explain why their products are so good! Over the next few weeks we’ll feature several of our farmers on this blog so they can tell you about their experience of partnering with Whole Foods Market. Together, we are proud to bring you the best grass-fed, local, organic and seasonal meat and poultry in the industry!
Can’t wait to meet them? Well, here’s a look at one of our partners, Pitman Family Farms. Don’t forget to friend us on our newly launched Facebook page specifically for all you meat lovers out there!

 

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Patricia says ...
Great to see the dedication to customers through the development of your relationships with your suppliers. Patricia Culinary Institute LeNotre
03/30/2011 1:50:31 PM CDT
Sofia says ...
Could you supply us with a list of your meat suppliers. Also, do they use kosher methods of slaughter? Thank you!
04/04/2011 12:08:05 PM CDT
Mark says ...
A complete list of your meat suppliers would be appreciated, especially grass raised beef and bison. How are these animals slaughtered? I like beef, but believe they should free range and be kept from the pain of a slaughterhouse. If the option isn't thee I can always fly fish, but i would appreciate your reply.
10/12/2011 9:50:18 PM CDT