We are now in Wholefoods and spent 4 hours doing product demo at the store on Sept 12th
The Kahala mall store carries a large selection of our Natural skin products now!
Mahalo to all of our loyal customers who believed in our company over the years and helped make this moment a reality. Great job everyone! Deb always said we will be grown up when we get in Whole Foods. Well, here it is and we could not be happier! Aloha and enjoy.
A big break for a small company on Oahu's North Shore. A contract with the supermarket chain Whole Foods will double its production. Less than a decade ago the North Shore Soap Factory was selling its all natural products at craft fairs, now it's expanding its operations. For nearly one hundred years the Waialua Sugar Mill was the life blood of the community, now a smaller business is thriving inside...the North Shore Soap Factory. The Little Business started in a home on Oahu's North Shore and got the biggest break in its ten year existence with a contract to supply Whole Foods, a natural and organic super market chain coming to Hawaii in 2008. Whole Foods will feature the Hawaiian Bath and Body all natural skin care line, including their Natural Soaps and bath and body products. The Family owned and operated company is gearing up to double its production early next year by adding some new equipment. Whole Foods has contracted with about twenty local suppliers so far and its first Hawaii store is scheduled to open in 2008 in Kahala Mall.
Vol. 12, Issue 191 - Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Whole Foods picks first isle vendors
The grocer finishes its first selections for the Kahala Mall store By Nina Wu / email@example.com
Whole Foods Market has selected its first round of Hawaii-based partners for its grocery, seafood, bakery and beauty departments. Competition was stiff, but the Texas-based grocer fielded pitches from dozens of local vendors and made its initial picks, which range from Kona Deep, the well-known desalinized drinking water drawn from the ocean off of Big Island shores to small operations like the North Shore Soap Factory in Waialua.Michael Besancon, president of Whole Foods' southern Pacific region, said he was pleased with the variety. Among them are: Big Island Organics, Hawaiian Isle Organics, Hawaii Kai Gourmet Sea Salts, Oils of Aloha Macadamia Nut Oils, Big Island Bees, Hawaiian Honey, Royal Hawaiian Honey, Harpo's Gourmet Salad Dressings and Marinades, Wahoo Canned Ono, Hawaiian Pops Flavored Popcorn, Hawaiian Springs Water, Kona Deep Water, Hawaiian Ice and Akamai Pacific, a distributor of a variety of local products.
For the bakery, Whole Foods selected Honolulu-based Ba Le Bakery, and Big Island-based Wings of the Morning Coffee. In the seafood department, Whole Foods chose Garden & Valley Isle Fish Co., as well as Fresh Island Fish Co. and Kona Blue, the aquaculture company that grows the Kampachi brand fish on the Big Island. Bruce Johnson, owner and CEO of Fresh Island Fish Co., said winning the Whole Foods account was a major coup."It's definitely a great signature account because they're high-quality minded," said Johnson, adding that his philosophy of natural resources management was also similar to Whole Foods. Debora Driscoll, owner and vice president of North Shore Soap Factory, which produces the Hawaiian Bath and Body product line, said the family-run business will get a significant boost from the account. The soap factory at the former Waialua sugar mill has been producing natural bar soaps and skin care products made from local ingredients for the last 10 years. Whole Foods Market plans to open its first Hawaii store, a 26,000-square-foot outlet in Kahala Mall, next spring. Vendors interested in selling via Whole Foods Market can contact Erica Dubreuil at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on: Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Whole Foods chooses Kahala store vendors
KAHALA —- The upscale supermarket Whole Foods Market has formed partnerships with several Hawaii-based vendors, which will provide locally grown and produced items for the market's planned site at Kahala Mall. The 26,000-square-foot store is scheduled to open next spring and will feature such vendors as Big Island Organics, Hawaiian Isle Organics, Hawaii Kai Gourmet Sea Salts, Oils of Aloha Macadamia Nut Oils, Big Island Bees Hawaiian Honey, Royal Hawaiian Honey, Harpo's Gourmet Salad Dressings and Marinades, Wahoo Canned Ono, Hawaiian Pops Flavored Popcorn, Hawaiian Springs Water and many more. Customers also will find a number of locally baked varieties from Ba Le Bakery and Wings of the Morning Coffee. "Whole Foods Market is committed to buying from local producers and farmers," commented Michael Besancon, president of Whole Foods Market's Southern Pacific Region. "Hawaii is rich in abundant local offerings —- everything from incredible seafood to unique body care products. "We are excited to announce and bring our new Hawaii-based partners into the Whole Foods Market family," he added.
The seafood department will offer fresh catches from Kona Blue, Fresh Island Fish Co., and Garden & Valley Isle Fish Co. As for the Whole Body department, HoneyGirl Organics and Hawaiian Bath and Body will fill the shelves with their skin care lines. "We are excited to be partnering with a company that embodies the same vision for natural skin care," said Debora Driscoll, owner and vice president of North Shore Soap Factory, home of Hawaiian Bath and Body. Whole Foods Market, the world's leading natural and organic foods supermarket, was founded in Austin, Texas, in 1980. It is known as America's first nationally certified organic grocer. Whole Foods Market continues to seek new local partners. Local farmers and food producers interested in working with the company should send e-mail to Erica Dubreuil at email@example.com.