Additional Whole Foods Market stores to offer expanded product line of Zak’s fan favorites

Recognized for its strong reputation of supporting local businesses, Whole Foods Market South Florida locations are excited to announce the expansion of their partnership with Miami’s bread king, Zak the Baker.

Although Zak Stern instantly became the premier bread maker in South Florida after popping up in the Wynwood scene, his collaboration with Whole Foods Market took off in January 2015 when the Whole Foods Market Downtown Miami store began offering Zak the Baker goods. In an effort to help push local supplier growth, most Whole Foods Market’s tri-county locations (Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach) will introduce an extended selection of Stern’s artisanal products.

“Our partnership with Whole Foods Market is a beautiful example of a large national retailer and a small local craftsman coming together to bring out the best in each other,” said Zak Stern. “We provide fresh baked bread every morning to all the Whole Foods Market stores in South Florida, where they provide the highest-quality standards for a retail outlet. This collaboration allows us to stay focused on the craft.”

Local Zak the Baker specialties hitting the shelves include: Country Wheat Hearth Bread; Jewish Rye Hearth Bread; Multigrain Hearth Bread; Olive Zataar Hearth Bread; Artisan Baguette; Cranberry Walnut Hearth Bread; and a specialty Babka available exclusively at Whole Foods Market South Florida stores.

“Zak the Baker’s freshly baked products have become such a hot commodity for locals, the city’s top eateries, and our shoppers,” said Robert Whittaker, Regional Bakery Coordinator.  “It’s important for us to partner with individuals who care about the progress of local businesses as much as we do. We admire Zak’s craftsmanship and appreciate his detail to artisan goods. We couldn’t be happier to move forward with this partnership.”

Stern’s bread is made with natural leaven, hand shaped, and baked on stones, a process that has been practiced for thousands of years. He is committed to carrying on the tradition and delivering fresh every morning. Every loaf of bread and babka is made in his Wynwood bakery. Whole Foods Market’s provide a local venue to connect the community with neighborhood suppliers, offering shoppers a unique forum to purchase one-of-a-kind goodies not found at traditional grocery stores including fresh locally grown produce and homemade artisan products.

Participating stores include: Downtown Miami, Coral Gables, Aventura, North Miami, Pinecrest, South Beach, Davie, Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, and Wellington.

To find the nearest Whole Foods Market, please visit: wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/list

About Whole Foods Market®

Founded in 1978 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (wholefoodsmarket.com, NASDAQ: WFM), is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” by Health magazine. The company’s motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, team member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company’s more than 87,000 team members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine for 19 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2015, the company had sales of more than $15.4 billion and currently has more than 455 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. For more company news and information, please visit media.wfm.com.

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