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Two-time Whole Foods “Supplier of the Year” thrives in Iowa

June 13, 2016

An Iowa company is behind the “Simply Organic” spices on shelves at Whole Foods stores across the country. It’s called Frontier Co-op, and it’s a two time winner of Whole Foods’ “Supplier of the Year” award, earning the honor in 2013 and 2016. Frontier Co-Op sources and distributes natural and organic products including spices, teas, a variety of food products and essential oils.
Eastern Iowa was first to benefit from Frontier Co-op’s commitment to its local communities. The company started in 1976 in a cabin by the Cedar River, and has grown steadily since. In 1982, the company constructed a 21,000 square foot facility near Norway, Iowa, a town of around 500 people.
Many of the company’s first employees were farmers’ spouses who were seeking a supplemental income. Now, the Norway facility is much larger, and the company also has locations near the eastern Iowa cities of Belle Plaine, North Liberty and Urbana. Frontier Co-op employs more than 500 people, with about 100 jobs added in the last 10 months.
The company worked with the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s (IEDA) High Quality Jobs Program (HQJP), which provides assistance to businesses creating quality jobs in Iowa. For more information on the HQJP, contact



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