Natural Markets Food Group on Thursday said that it has appointed Whole Foods veteran Richard D’Addario as its new director of prepared foods.
D’Addario brings nearly two decades of experience in prepared foods to the company, the Irvington, N.Y.-based parent of Mrs. Green’s Natural Market, Planet Organic Market and Richtree Natural Market restaurants.
In his most recent position of senior coordinator for Whole Foods Market, D’Addario oversaw all aspects of the prepared foods program in the Northeast region — from merchandising and recipe development to vendor relations and new store openings. D’Addario also won many awards during his tenure, including global all-star for the company and top innovation awards for new concepts introduced in stores.
“Natural Markets Food Group understands that individuals and families on-the-go still want access to healthy, freshly prepared food. Richard will help us deliver for these customers — providing the cutting-edge recipes and organic products families want. He is creative, whip-smart, and a great addition to our passionate family,” said Natural Markets Food Group CEO Pat Brown in a media statement.
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D’Addario’s addition continues Mrs. Green’s expansion as a destination market and comes as it prepares to open additional stores in the Midwest and mid-Atlantic, including in Manhattan’s West Village.
“When it comes to prepared foods, the Natural Markets team is committed to moving beyond the deli counter and delivering healthy, innovative meals to our customers,” D’Addario said in a statement. “That’s an exciting opportunity — both in terms of the company’s growth and our ability to inspire happy, healthy lives.”
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