WHOLE FOODS ADDS TEA TO ARTISANS PROGRAM

AUSTIN, Texas -- Whole Foods Market here is preparing to add new items to its Authentic Food Artisans program.AFA, created by Whole Foods in March 2003, seeks to recognize and highlight "exceptional" foods and beverages that are certified organic, are made in small batches, and use traditional production methods. To date, only a handful of products have been awarded the AFA stamp, primarily in the

AUSTIN, Texas -- Whole Foods Market here is preparing to add new items to its Authentic Food Artisans program.

AFA, created by Whole Foods in March 2003, seeks to recognize and highlight "exceptional" foods and beverages that are certified organic, are made in small batches, and use traditional production methods. To date, only a handful of products have been awarded the AFA stamp, primarily in the ambient grocery category.

Among the beverage items are Finca El Jaguar (Nicarag

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