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Whole Foods Market honors 2016 ‘Supplier Award’ winners

Best in class supplier partners spotlighted for outstanding innovation, responsible sourcing and commitment to quality standards

AUSTIN, Texas (April 22, 2016) – Whole Foods Market has revealed the winners of its annual Supplier Awards, the company’s highest honor for producer partners that embody its mission and values. Out of thousands of Whole Foods Market suppliers nationwide, fewer than 70 have received one of these distinguished awards.

Two all-star producers earned the grocer’s top “Supplier of the Year” award for outstanding all-around performance:

“Customers trust Whole Foods Market to maintain the highest quality, ingredient and sourcing standards in the entire industry, and our suppliers put in a lot of work and care to help us deliver on that promise,” said Don Clark, Whole Foods Market’s global vice president of procurement, non-perishables. “Our Supplier Award winners set the gold standard for producers in the industry, and we’re proud to celebrate their achievements.”

In addition to its “Supplier of the Year” honorees, Whole Foods Market recognized its top supplier partners in 16 categories that highlight areas of achievement, including product innovation, environmental stewardship, ethical sourcing, and excellence in quality standards and assurance.

“Each one of our supplier partners advances the character, flavor, and integrity of our stores, whether they’re committed to land conservation, sustainable farming methods or simply creating the best-tasting product on our shelves,” said Edmund LaMacchia, Whole Foods Market’s global vice president of procurement, perishables. “We’re grateful for their drive, commitment and partnership in growing their business with Whole Foods Market.”

The retailer revealed its Supplier Award winners at Tuesday night’s reception in Austin, Texas, at the Stephen F. Austin Hotel. Additional honorees included:

Special Recognition

Excellence in Standards

Dedication to Responsible Sourcing:

Global V.P. Integrity Award

New Product Innovation

Excellence in Product Quality

Product with a Purpose

Outstanding Quality Assurance

Outstanding Exclusive Brands Product

Distinguished Service

Outstanding Innovation

Excellence in Cheese

Outstanding Wine and Beer Supplier

Environmental Stewardship

Best Partnership:

Best New Product

Non-GMO Supply Chain Commitment

Excellence in Product Quality

Commodity Ingredients


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Don J. Clark

Global Vice President, Non-Perishables

Don Clark is global vice president of purchasing for non-perishables at Whole Foods Market. He joined Whole Foods Market in November 2015 and in this role, Clark is responsible for all functions of Whole Foods Market’s non-perishable business, including growth through strong supplier relationships, inventory and category management initiatives and the management and expansion of the grocer’s robust exclusive brands program, which generated approximately $1.8 billion in sales in fiscal year 2014 from approximately 4,400 SKUs led by the company’s 365 Everyday Value® line.