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    Whole Foods Enhances Online Holiday Selections

    Revamped ordering system designed to make holiday shopping easier

    Beginning this week, Whole Foods Market shoppers can have a holiday meal -- and more -- ready for pick up during the week of Thanksgiving at their nearest store via the grocer’s online ordering system.

    The Whole Foods Market online ordering system is available year-round with select holiday items available through Jan. 2, and winter holiday options being added on Dec. 3.

    “From wines and hors d’oeuvres platters to full-course meals artfully arranged and served up in reusable dinnerware, Whole Foods Market offers a one-stop-shop -- whether in person or online -- for shoppers to create enviable holiday gatherings and unforgettable memories,” said Hilary Maler, associate marketing coordinator, Whole Foods Market Southern Pacific region.

    This Thanksgiving, Whole Foods is offering ready-to-serve side dishes, including traditional stuffing and mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and turkey gravy. As an added bonus, all side items are available for purchase in convenient oven-ready, table-ready white porcelain that can be reused.

    Whole Foods Market shoppers will also find a wide range of options for turkeys, which are all raised without antibiotics, added hormones or animal byproducts in their feed and are rated according to Global Animal Partnership’s (GAP) 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating system.

    “What makes the GAP program unique is that it outlines minimum animal welfare standards for our suppliers, provides transparency for our customers and explains incremental changes suppliers can make to continue improving the lives of their animals,” said Anne Malleau, assistant global meat coordinator for Whole Foods Market. “Animals raised in an environment that encourages them to perform their natural behaviors are animals ‘raised to taste better.’”

    Online shoppers can learn exactly how their turkey was raised with Step-3-rated turkeys from Mary’s Turkeys in Sanger, Calif., or Diestel Family Turkey Ranch in Sonora, Calif.

    Whole Foods Market’s trained butchers are also available to help shoppers choose the best bird for their budget, including fresh brined kosher, organic, heritage or heirloom turkeys. Recipes and turkey carving guides are available on Whole Foods’ website.

    The online store also offers a full selection of holiday wines – red, white, bubbly and pink -- and a full line of Whole Trade floral arrangements for the Thanksgiving dinner table.

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