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La Colombe Expands Relationship With Whole Foods

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Specialty coffee roaster La Colombe will provide the coffee and training for cafes in several Whole Foods Market regions including Rocky Mountain and North Atlantic, it announced Friday.

Additionally, two "Friends of Whole Foods Market" locations, which are owned-and-operated by La Colombe, will open within two Whole Foods Market flagship locations this year - one in Austin, Texas and another in the Bowery neighborhood of New York City. This comes on the heels of securing national distribution of roasted coffee in all Whole Foods Market locations across the country.

"The La Colombe and Whole Foods Market relationship goes back more than 20 years when the retailer carried us as a local coffee roaster in the Mid-Atlantic region," said Chuck Chupein, president of La Colombe, in a statement. "In more recent years, they were a true early adopter to our Draft Latte product, and we are now the number one ready-to-drink brand in the set. We could not be more excited to expand our relationship."

This month, La Colombe will begin the national rollout of five roasted products and two seasonal roasts, including Corsica, Nizza, Monaco, Afrique, and Lyon.

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