Whole Foods Market presents 2014 Supplier of the Year Award to Farmer Direct Co-operative Ltd.
Whole Foods Market presents 2014 Supplier of the Year Award to Farmer Direct Co-operative Ltd.

Whole Foods Market presents 2014 Supplier of the Year Award to Farmer Direct Co-operative Ltd.

Whole Foods Market presents 2014 Supplier of the Year Award to Farmer Direct Co-operative Ltd.

(Regina, SK, Canada – June 25, 2015) – Whole Foods Market has awarded their 2014 Supplier of the Year Award for Dedication to Responsible Sourcing to Farmer Direct Cooperative (FDC) and their domestic fair trade certifier the Agricultural Justice Project (AJP).

Farmer Direct Co-operative, a farmer-owned cooperative of more than 60 certified organic family farms located on the Canadian prairies, was given the award for being the first organization in North America to receive domestic fair trade certification under the rigorous standards of the Agricultural Justice Project’s Food Justice Certification.

This highly prestigious award was given to only 19 recipients from a pool of more than 100,000 global suppliers who work with Whole Foods Market. Whole Foods Market at over 400 stores worldwide and $14 billion in sales for fiscal year 2014, is considered North America’s premier retailer of organic and natural foods.

“Three years ago, we were the first organization to achieve domestic fair trade certification through the Agricultural Justice Project. Since then the marketplace has rewarded our co-op’s innovation through strong sales and increasing demand,” states Kevin Bristow, FDC President who farms near Eastend, SK. “Many organic consumers are demanding organic food that is also fairly traded. FDC is the first organization to receive domestic fair trade certification and is the only company to combine the three attributes of Farmer-Ownership, Fair Trade and Organics under one brand,” adds Murray Horkoff, FDC board member who farms out of Kamsack, SK.

The Farmer Direct Co-op brand of grains, oilseeds and pulse crops for retailer bulk bins can be purchased nationwide in Canada and the US at Whole Foods Market and through independent and cooperative retailers.

For more information please contact Jason Freeman, General Manager atjason@farmerdirect.coop.

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