“We’re proud to recognize these suppliers who offer outstanding products aligned with our mission, values and the high quality standards that we’ve championed for nearly 40 years,” said A.C. Gallo, president and chief merchandising officer at Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods. “This year’s honorees were selected from thousands of brands and represent the best-in-class in sourcing, industry-leading innovation and win-win partnership.”
A total of 30 awards were given out at a reception held in Whole Foods’ hometown. Two global suppliers and 11 regional suppliers were recognized as suppliers of the Year. The remaining awards honored companies for outstanding achievements in various categories that reflect Whole Foods' core values. The honorees were selected by the grocer's category experts and buyers.