Fresh Thyme Market is partnering with Naturally Chicago to feature products made by local companies. They represent the first retail banner to partner with Naturally Chicago’s Locally Made Retail Access Program. At present, Fresh Thyme carries more than 6,000 local products chainwide and recently held a pitch competition that brought nine new local vendors to its shelves. “Fresh Thyme Market is thrilled to be the first retailer in this exciting initiative”, said Jonathan Lawrence, Vice President of Merchandising and Center Store for Fresh Thyme and a Naturally Chicago Board Member. “As a community focused grocer, we’re proud to support these local brands and to be an innovation and collaboration partner in their success story”. Through the partnership with Naturally Chicago, Fresh Thyme Market carefully curate relationships with natural product entrepreneurs to create jobs and thrive in the competitive retail grocery segment. By adding more of these products to shelves, Fresh Thyme Market also brings shoppers closer to food that is not only locally grown, but healthy and sustainable.
“Partnering with Fresh Thyme Market has been a strategic choice for Naturally Chicago, and we’re thrilled to collaborate with a grocer that shares our commitment to fostering better-for-you brands”. Jim Slama, Co-founder and Managing Director of Naturally Chicago, stated, ‘Fresh Thyme Market’s dedication to community and their support for sustainable brands align seamlessly with our mission. Consumers increasingly seek out local brands, and we appreciate Fresh Thyme Market’s role in helping to meet this growing demand. This partnership not only reinforces our mission but also strengthens our community-driven approach. As we continue to expand our reach, we’re excited about the opportunities this collaboration brings and are grateful for Fresh Thyme Market’s support.”
Naturally Chicago’s Board of Directors and strategic partners, SPINS, KeHE Foods, and PRESENCE, have carefully charted this January 2024 launch for the last year hoping to expand the program and share their success with other chapters of the Naturally network. “Locally made initiatives have been tried so many times with mixed results. Today, our Naturally Chicago inspired program is pointed in the right direction and will help to lead the way for other Naturally Networks. PRESENCE is proud to help local entrepreneurs and their products hit the shelves in this well-designed and choreographed program”, said Milton Zimmerman, Executive Vice President for PRESENCE, and proud Naturally Chicago Executive Board Member.
Fresh Thyme Market, a local, community-focused grocer with 71 stores in 10 states throughout the Midwest, was born from a genuine desire to help people live better and healthier lives. Every day Fresh Thyme Market works to be a trusted resource in our communities, bringing people access to real food at real affordable prices. With a local focus on what the community needs, each store provides fresh, natural, and organic food at affordable prices. By offering an immersive, intuitive shopping experience, Fresh Thyme Market meets people wherever they are on their journey to living a healthier lifestyle. To learn more, visit freshthyme.com.