Well friends, it’s been awhile since we’ve blogged. That’s because we’ve been busy girls! Here’s the long story short:
1. We were approved by DHH and received our official manufacturing/resale permits!
2. We’re pickling till the cows come home (whatever that even means!)
3. We had the busiest Christmas season ever! (close to 1,000 of this, that and everything!)
4. And last but not least, our Pickle Jubilee was OFFICIALLY accepted into Whole Foods!
That’s right, WHOLE FOODS!!!! Whew! We are still pinching ourselves, and this is just the beginning! We will debut in a brand new store that will open on Broad Street in New Orleans in an area that is undergoing an exciting revitalization. This particular Whole Foods is a part of a really neat initiative called the ReFresh Project that will provide access to high-quality fresh foods to an underserved area as well as a much-needed boost to the local economy. There’s a term called the “Whole Foods affect,” and it’s a good thing. Here’s more if you want to read about it. We’re proud to be involved! And we’re humbled to have such esteemed beginnings for our beloved Pickle Jubilee! The Broad Street store opens on February 4th, so we’re bracing ourselves for what we hope will be an overwhelming success!
We were so excited to be invited (we were one of only six vendors) to participate in the Broad Street staff orientation on Jan. 21st. We had the privilege of presenting to more than 150 new employees as well as regional staff members and the leadership team. This was invaluable to us, because they are the folks who will be selling our product(s)! So of course we turned up the Southern Louisiana charm as high as we could, and shpeeled our story what felt like at least 300 times. And if we do say so ourselves, they loved us (and our pickles)! We think Pickle Jubilee speaks for itself, but it’s so rewarding to have that face-to-face interaction and give people a very real connection to what they’re tasting. “The Gumbo of pickles,” we said, “every pickle-lover’s dream come true,” we (pretty much) yelled! We weren’t shy, that’s for sure.
Whole Foods will open at least eight more stores over the next year (two more in Louisiana – Lafayette and Shreveport) and they want to take us along for the ride! Of course it’ll all depend on our sales, but we have a hunch…And to think, Pickle Jubilee is just ONE of our products!
We’ll keep everyone posted! And thanks for the love – we feel it!