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Whole Foods Market Opens New Location in Irvine

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Whole Foods Irvine Produce Department

With a child who has food allergies, I do my best to purchase mostly grass-fed meats and use organic produce. Aside from growing my own produce in our backyard, Whole Foods is my favorite place to purchase fresh produce for my family. The company has been growing rapidly across Orange County with one of the biggest stores yet opening in Irvine today.

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The Irvine Whole Foods Market is conveniently located near the Irvine Spectrum Center off the 405 freeway and Irvine Center Drive in the Los Olivos Marketplace. During opening week, more than 400 items will be on sale, there will be wine sampling by Hearst Ranch, food demonstrations from Mary’s Free Range Chicken, and more.

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The store has many wonderful features including a restaurant with more than 150 indoor and outdoor seating, complimentary wi-fi, and a Kids’ Club that will host events and activities for families with young children.

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Additional store features include:

Quinoa Bowl at Whole Foods Market

Prepared Foods: Whole Foods Market chefs work in the in-house kitchen, creating handmade pizza, whole or by the slice (including stout-crust pizza!), made-to-order sushi, in-house chips, custom-made sandwiches and meals-on-the-go. Includes a large rotating hot bar with 16 wells, all-organic salad bar, daily breakfast and global cuisine (BBQ, Asian, Indian and more). Catering is available for office and home entertaining needs. Charcuterie, deli meats, many made and roasted in-house using organic, local and grass-fed options, are free of added synthetic nitrates and nitrites. Locally sourced ingredients include Mary’s Chicken from Sanger, California, and salad greens from Kenter Canyon. Includes 12 feet of grab-n-go salads, sandwiches, wraps, entrees, pizzas and soups pre-packaged and ready to eat or heat and serve. Prepared foods items meet the same standards as all products sold in the store.

Flatbread at Whole Food's Market

Coffee Bar: A beautifully designed coffee bar with an Italian-crafted espresso machine and cold brew coffee on tap offers custom espresso drinks and coffee made with organic, fair trade and Whole Trade Guarantee™ coffee beans and features local Bodhi Leaf blend on cold brew. Shoppers can choose from three rotating single-origin coffees and can select from a range of brewing methods (Hario V60 Pour Over, Chemex Pour Over, French Press).

Juice & Smoothie Bar: The smoothie and juice bar offers made-to-order smoothies with choice of toppings, juices and “boost-ups” like pressed ginger, turmeric and wheatgrass.

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Produce: Includes an extensive selection of organic fruits and vegetables from local Southern California growers such as Kenter Canyon and Orange County-based Manessero Farms; this location will offer a new line of sous vide root vegetables like kohlrabi, parsnips and butternut squash; the department offers local organic micro-greens from Kowalke Family Sprouts; and orchids from Formosa Orchids. Seasonal culinary selections include varietal and exotic items from around the world. Plus, cut fruit, vegetables, veggie pasta noodles, salsas and guacamole are made in-store daily.

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In-Store Bakery: Offers custom in-house cake decorating and an elegantly designed cake case filled with in-house and local items such as Rocq macarons and aHāna gluten free mousse cups. Features Whole Foods Market’s Non-GMO Project-verified cookies with seven varieties and artisan, hand-kneaded, hand-shaped, scratch bread that begins with a living 20-year-old starter made with unbleached flour and without artificial preservatives or hydrogenated fats. Bread is made fresh daily by in-store bakers.

giant fish at whole foods

Seafood: Includes made-to-order poke and hand-sliced smoked salmon daily, sustainably sourced fresh fillets, steaks, local and seasonal seafood. Seafood is cut in-house daily and delivered six days a week. Offering fresh whole fish (cleaned at no charge), a grill-ready assortment of seafood burgers, crab cakes and marinated options, value priced, vacuum packed fish and shellfish and a variety of seafood salads and ceviches made fresh daily. Whole Foods Market has full knowledge and traceability of all fresh seafood and strives to source local options that meet the company’s strict quality standards.

dry bin selection at whole foods

Meat: Butchers can provide any cut and size of the highest quality meats from animals raised without the use of antibiotics and added hormones. All beef, chicken and pork are step-rated, using Global Animal Partnership’s 5-Step Animal Welfare rating system, and adhere to Whole Foods Market’s stringent quality standards. The store features full lines of 100 percent grass-fed organic beef and organic chicken and a selection of meats marinated and seasoned in-house. Smokehouse offerings include meats smoked in- house daily, smoked meat sandwiches and bowls.

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Whole Body: Boasts an upscale cosmetics bar and features a large “active living” selection of protein powders, supplements and clothing. All supplements sold at Whole Foods Market are free of artificial colors, flavors and hydrogenated oils; and products with the “Premium Body Care” seal meet the strictest standards for quality sourcing, environmental impact, results and safety.

whole foods beer and wine selection

Specialty (beer, wine, cheese): Features a handpicked wine collection of more than 1,000 wines, with eco-friendly and biodynamic wines starting at $2.49 per bottle. More than 100 bottles are less than $10. Offering a varied selection of hard-to-find, special-occasion wines and grower champagnes. The department includes a 56-foot chilled beer alley with an assortment of hyper local and local craft beers, seasonal releases, domestic favorites and unique imports. A comprehensive selection of raw, grass-fed, farmstead and artisanal cheeses can be cut to order and sampled at any time. Features Whole Foods Market wine expert’s curated wine selection for perfect meal pairings, 90 point rated and “Under $20 Daily Drinkers” wine barges.

whole foods milk selection

whole foods dairy department

Grocery: Customers can choose from hundreds of 365 Everyday Value™ products, locally made packaged goods, frozen meals, Whole Paws pet food products, home and cleaning products bearing the Eco-Scale label, indicating environmental impact. The frozen section includes 47 doors and two bunkers of goodies from entrees to ice cream, pizzas and more. The bulk section offers dozens of grains, flours, nuts, spices, candies available by the pound and grind your own peanut butter. Shoppers who buy a case of any product in the store receive 10 percent

Whole foods cheese selection

fresh cheese at whole foods

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