North Carolina Vegan Butchers Strike Nationwide Deal with Whole Foods
In early April, vegan meats made by No Evil Foods will be available at more than 250 additional Whole Foods Markets in six regions (Pacific Northwest, Midwest, North Atlantic, Florida, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast). The North Carolina-based brand’s product line includes Comrade Cluck (chicken), The Stallion (Italian Sausage), El Zapatista (chorizo), and Pit Boss (barbecued pulled pork). Sadrah Schadel and Mike Woliansky founded the company in 2014 and operated as an online vegan butcher shop before gaining wide retail distribution. “Whole Foods Market was the first major grocery store to believe in us and put us on their shelves. They‘ve been extremely enthusiastic and supportive partners ever since,” Schadel said. “We’re really excited about this expansion because it gives us the opportunity to introduce our plant meats to new parts of the country, like the Pacific Northwest, where our products weren’t easily accessible before.” In addition to Whole Foods, No Evil Foods is available at select Wegmans and Walmart locations and will complete the construction of a 16,000 square-foot production facility to support its growth.