Whole Foods Market® Offers New Holiday Gift Boxes Online

Hand selected 'gifts you can feel good about'

Oct 19, 2010, 06:00 ET from Whole Foods Market

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Whole Foods Market, the leading natural and organic foods supermarket, is offering a variety of unique gift boxes available for purchase online.

Just in time for the holiday season, this first-ever gift box line has five different themes and is available at www.wholefoodsmarket.com/giftbox. Ranging from $40 to $60 each (plus shipping), the selections all adhere to the company's high quality standards, meaning they are free of artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, sweeteners and hydrogenated fats.

"From snacking to relaxation, we carefully selected the ideal products to fit the theme of each gift box. They are easy to send by ordering online and are sure to please everyone on your shopping list," said Jim Speirs, global vice president of purchasing for Whole Foods Market. "All are gifts you can feel good about sending your loved ones, friends or business associates— and they won't break the holiday budget."

The Gift of Grub ($60):

The problem with ties, collectible porcelain figurines and even fruitcakes, is that you can't eat them! Instead, send this gift of epic edibility. From all-natural summer sausage, pretzel crisps and aged cheddar cheese straws, to organic peppermint stick chocolate, classic shortbread and gourmet pecans, this choice is perfect for snackers of all ages.

You're Zenzational ($60):

Send some soothing vibes by giving a collection of some of the best body care products around. With its lotions and potions, this gift box array will relax anyone on your shopping list. It includes soothing lavender lotion and shower gel, mineral bath salts, pillow mist, a sleep mask, a bath pillow, and even a candle and tea to further calm the soul.

Get Warm, Get Fuzzy ($50):

Inside this box is a steamy selection of sundries that say "you're awesome." Send a piping hot cup of gratitude with this collection of specialty coffee, tea, and hot chocolate paired with sweet treats like gourmet caramel sweetener, fruit-and-nut mix, mocha wafer rolls, biscotti bites and dark chocolate espresso beans.

You Rock Box o' Choc ($50):

A feast of cocoa-themed goodness is sure to please all of your chocolate-loving friends. This bottomless box of all things chocolate includes organic and Fair Trade selections of chocolate bars, a gift collection of chocolates, dipped sandwich cookies and brownie bites, peanut butter chocolate wafers, chocolate cherry trail mix and hot chocolate.

Ciao Down ($40):

Treat your friends to a little Roman holiday at home by sending ingredients for easy Italian feasts. The box includes pasta, Italian herb pasta sauce, basil pesto, extra virgin olive oil crostini, dry roasted almonds and truffled espresso clusters. Buon Appetito!

"During the busy holiday season, we hope our gift boxes provide a simple shopping solution along with peace of mind as all five assortments meet the same quality standards that have defined Whole Foods Market for 30 years," said Speirs.

Please note: individual products and flavors in each box represent a typical selection and are subject to change. Not all items have been mentioned.

About Whole Foods Market®

Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (wholefoodsmarket.com, Nasdaq: WFMI), 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 55,000 Team Members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" in America by FORTUNE magazine for 13 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2009, the company had sales of $8 billion and currently has more than 280 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Contact: kate.lowery@wholefoods.com 512.542.0390

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