Whole Foods Market® to hold Local 101 class for Louisiana vendors


Grocer will offer suppliers tips for getting products on its shelves

SWhole-Foods-Logo-1HREVEPORT, La. (Feb. 11, 2015) Kelly Landrieu, Whole Foods Market’s local product forager in Louisiana, will lead a Local 101 class Friday, Feb. 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Shreveport Convention Center Red River Ballroom, 400 Caddo St. This free program will cover in-depth information on Whole Foods Market’s quality standards, food safety, retail-ready packaging, regulatory requirements and the process for becoming a supplier.

Local 101 is open to all current and aspiring Louisiana food and lifestyle artisans, manufacturers and producers. As seating is limited, individuals interested in attending should email louisianalocal@wholefoods.com to secure a Local 101 spot.

Farmers and ranchers are encouraged to email louisianalocal@wholefoods.com for a separate appointment and more in-depth discussion.

Landrieu notes, “Louisiana is known for its amazing food and culture, and Local 101 is a great way to understand necessary steps in becoming a supplier for Whole Foods Market. We’re excited about the opportunity to showcase local products and flavors.”

Whole Foods Market’s first Shreveport store will open in fall 2015.