whole foods market excellence in cheese award
May 22, 2014 // by Allison Hooper
In April, Vermont Creamery received the “Excellence in Cheese” Award from Whole Foods Market at their annual Supplier Awards, held in Austin, TX.
To say we are humbled would be an understatement. For 28 years, we have enjoyed a relationship with Whole Foods Market - they’ve been with us since the beginning (we’re 30 years old this year). From the outset, Whole Foods has been a true advocate for local producers. In the mid-1980s, when we first partnered, Vermont Creamery produced New England’s only goat cheese. Since then, Whole Foods has been a tremendous supporter. They truly understand the value of artisanal products and seek the only the best for their customers.
Whole Foods Market's support of Vermont Creamery goes beyond simply bringing our products to customers. In 2012, when we opened Ayers Brook Goat Dairy, our demonstration goat farm, Whole Foods recognized the importance of this project by providing financial support through their Local Producer Loan Program. Two years later, Ayers Brook is well on the way to fulfilling its educational mission of training future goat farmers.
Whole Foods and Vermont Creamery both benefit from the incredible employees that make the magic happen on a daily basis. For too many years to count, we have been so fortunate to work with Cathy Strange, Whole Foods Market’s Global Cheese Buyer. Cathy is an advocate of small, artisan cheese producers – supporting our craft and challenging us to continuously improve. At her request, we developed our Maple Sea Salt Cultured Butter and Vanilla Crème Fraîche – two offerings that have quickly become Creamery favorites. We so value Cathy’s friendship and are better because of it.
At the end of the day, our friendship comes easy. We share commitments to delighting our customers with the highest quality foods grown through sustainable agriculture.
Here’s to many more years of partnership!