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Whole Foods Market

327 Russell St. (Rte. 9)
Hadley, MA
(413) 586-9932

and various locations

www.wholefoodsmarket.com
Offering fresh, high-quality natural and organic products, Whole Foods Market claims to carry more organics than any other U.S. grocer. The store employs knowledgeable team members who are passionate about helping customers find what they need. "People want to come into our store because shopping with us is an interactive experience that they enjoy--it's not just a chore," says Marketing Team Leader Ann Walsh-Sullivan. "It's about more than just shopping at our store; it's about a shared passion for delicious, fresh and pure foods." While Whole Foods Market carries many specialty products--gourmet and artisan foods, gluten-free products. The market also has plenty of items for everyday shoppers who just want to buy local, high-quality produce. And the company has local foragers on staff in each location who investigate local farming to discover which farmers offer products that meet Whole Foods Market's stringent quality standards. "We buy local whenever possible because we believe in supporting local growers and the economy of the communities where we do business," said Walsh-Sullivan. Goods that aren't procured locally are guaranteed to be fair trade products, some of which receive the Whole Trade Guarantee seal. "Whole Trade is part of our commitment to ethical trade, the environment and quality products," said Walsh-Sullivan. "The products that receive the Whole Trade Guarantee seal must meet specific criteria that demand quality in four areas of responsibility, which include meeting our high quality standards, providing more money to producers, ensuring better wages and working conditions for workers and caring for the environment." Whole Foods Market also offers hundreds of innovative recipes in stores and online, created by culinary teams and chefs, as well as a constantly updated list of unacceptable ingredients (if a product contains one of them, Whole Foods Market won't carry it).
Also won: 1st place Health food store
2nd place Local green Business
2nd: Fresh Acres Market
1941 Wilbraham Rd.
Springfield, MA
(413) 783-9141

www.freshacresmarket.com
3rd: Blue Moon Grocery
116 Pleasant St., Suite #158
Easthampton, MA
(413) 527-1025

www.bluemoongrocery.com
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