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On November 12, Robin and I were invited to attend the Whole Foods Media Tour by Glenda Catron. Thank you, Glenda, it was informative and interesting. The public tour, also held on the 12th, was well attended and filled up quickly. The “Ribbon Cutting”. also know by Whole Foods fans as the “Break Bread Ceremony” where a giant loaf of bread will be shared, will be at 9:30 am on Wednesday, November 14. Here are some interesting facts that Ben Friedland, District Manager of Whole Foods, pointed out to us. There are 342 stores in the US, Canada and United Kingdom and all of them are designed differently to reflect the community where they are located. As he said, “When you walk through the doors, it’s like walking into your kitchen pantry. We want you to feel at home.”
It is really great to see all of the local, Idaho Produced and Grown items. Some of the Idaho businesses represented are: Gaston’s Bakery, Zeppoles Bakery, Rollingstone Chevre Cheese, Ballard Family Cheese, and Homestead Natural Foods. All of the meats at this store are 30-40% locally produced. This is by no means the total list.
And Idaho wineries are also represented and I think the Idaho breweries are too.
Non-GMO products and quality products will be found here. Read the labels and be familiar with the PLU codes. (GMO products start with an 8. 80000 would be a GMO. 90000 products are organic.) Here are some photos of the tour. You can pause the slideshow at any time and you can go back or forwards. Enjoy!

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PS: As a late post from Glenda Catron,
About Whole Foods Market®
Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market ( www.wholefoodsmarket.com ) is the leading retailer of natural and organic foods and America’s first national “Certified Organic” grocer. In fiscal year 2012, the Company had sales of approximately $12 billion and currently has 342 stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Whole Foods Market employs approximately 73,000 Team Members and has been ranked for 15 consecutive years as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by Fortune magazine.”