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May 31, 2017

5 Ways Whole Foods has Changed How We Consume Food

Let's start with a confession: we are daily Whole Foods shopper.

There are three other big-box grocery stores in my community, but we choose to spend a little more money and shop at Whole Foods. Why? Because not only do they place a premium on quality, organic foods, but they also support local farms and business and go the extra mile to take care of their employees.

As yoga studios and juice bars pop up in communities across the islands, I know I'm not alone in my quest for a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. In fact, Whole Foods has been a community partner in Hawai'i since September 2008. To boot, both here and on the mainland, the company has created a national awareness for healthier lifestyles and conscious consumerism.

So what is it about this domestic chain that separates them for the rest? "Besides our high-quality, natural and organic food, our core values really set us apart and drive our unique culture, growth, and success," says Whole Foods Market Hawai'i Local Purchasing Associate Coordinator Roger Fawcett. And in the coming months, Whole Foods is set to break ground on their new flagship location, right here at Ae'o. In anticipation of their opening, we're taking a look at the five ways that Whole Foods has changed the way we eat.

1

The Freshest Produce

It's not a coincidence that when you walk into any Whole Foods, the first thing you see is produce. Fresh, organic fruits and vegetables are at the very cornerstone of their business. That's right, organic produce is the mainstay here and is grown without the use of long-lasting chemical pesticides and fertilizers. You'll find local seasonal produce of the highest quality. What you won't find are GMO fruits and vegetables.
2

Responsible Meat, Poultry, and Seafood

Discerning omnivores know that happy and healthy animals make for better-tasting meat. With meat standards that exceed industry norms, Whole Foods' meat and poultry are sourced from farms that adhere to the highest animal-welfare standards. And don't forget about the seafood, which is sourced from sustainable fisheries and responsible farms. So you can eat your poke knowing that it was caught sustainably.
3

Local Spirits

When times call for celebration, Whole Foods is holding the ace. In Hawai'i, local craft distilleries have enjoyed the same warm aloha as local craft brewers, giving us all something to raise a glass to. That's right, you can find many locally-sourced spirits to raise your glass to. And that's a good thing.
4

Body Conscious

Natural and organic doesn't stop in the produce section. Whole Foods' Whole Body department features vitamins, supplements, body care, and makeup. Because what you put on your body is just as important as what you put in.
5

They're For Their People

One of the first major companies to embrace people for who they are, no matter what they look like (tattoos, piercings, funny hair, who cares), Whole Foods takes pride in their employees and provides them with discounts, healthcare, retirement plans and the support to offer their customers the best customer service possible. As the adage goes: take care of your people and they'll take care of you.

"We're so excited to bring the Kaka'ako community the best that Whole Foods Market has to offer with our newest Hawai'i store," Fawcett says. "The store still not only create new local jobs, but it will introduce more customers to the amazing local products we source from nearly 300 suppliers from the Hawai'i an Islands.

"Whole Foods Market has always been an innovator in the natural and organic products industry," Fawcett continues. "While we can't take credit for changing the way people eat or think about food and eating, we hope that our quality standards, product offerings, stores and the efforts of our passionate team members inspire people to enjoy food and learn more about their options for making healthy, delicious choices when they are grocery shopping or eating at our prepared foods venues."

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