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Fresh Thyme Market Partners To Help Emerging Local Brands

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Fresh Thyme Market, a community-focused grocer, is the first grocery partner of Naturally Chicago’s Locally Made Retail Access Program.

This partnership, combined with other community efforts, helps Fresh Thyme Market expand its local assortment on shelves and gives back to the communities it serves.

Through the partnership with nonprofit Naturally Chicago, Fresh Thyme Market curates relationships with natural product entrepreneurs to create jobs and thrive in the competitive retail grocery segment. 

By adding more of these products to shelves, Fresh Thyme Market also brings shoppers closer to food that is not only locally grown but healthy and sustainable.

“Fresh Thyme Market is thrilled to be the first retailer in this exciting initiative,” said Jonathan Lawrence, VP of merchandising for Fresh Thyme Market and board member of Naturally Chicago. 

“As a community-focused grocer, we’re proud to support these local brands and be an innovative and collaborative partner in their larger success stories.”

To date, Fresh Thyme Market features more than 6,000 local products chain wide. 

The grocer recently hosted a pitch competition with Naturally Chicago that resulted in the addition of nine new Locally Made brands to shelves, including:

  • Big Star Cocktails, produced by Apologue Liqueurs
  • Carolyn’s Krisps Snacks
  • Evergreen Frozen Waffles
  • Forbidden Root Craft Beers
  • Inspiro Tequila
  • IYA Foods Chipers Crackers
  • Ms. P’s Gluten-Free Granola
  • Popadelics Mushroom
  • Windy City Mushroom

“Partnering with Fresh Thyme Market has been a strategic choice for Naturally Chicago, and we’re thrilled to collaborate with a grocer that shares our commitment to fostering better-for-you brands,” said Jim Slama, co-founder and managing director of Naturally Chicago

“Fresh Thyme Market’s dedication to community and their support for sustainable brands align seamlessly with our mission. Consumers increasingly seek out local brands, and we appreciate Fresh Thyme Market’s role in helping to meet this growing demand. 

“This partnership not only reinforces our mission but also strengthens our community-driven approach. As we continue to expand our reach, we’re excited about the opportunities this collaboration brings and are grateful for Fresh Thyme Market’s support.” 

About Fresh Thyme Market

Fresh Thyme Market, a community-focused grocer based in Downers Grove, Illinois, with 70 stores in 10 states, was born from a “desire to help people live better and healthier lives,” according to the company. With a local focus on what the community needs, each store provides fresh, natural and organic food at affordable prices.

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