|Headquarters||Asheville, North Carolina|
|Frank Scorpiniti, CEO|
|Products||Specialty, Local, Organic & Natural Foods|
Number of employees
Earth Fare is an American health and wellness supermarket with 53 locations in 10 states throughout the southeast and Midwest United States. It sells natural and organic food that the company claims to have the highest product standards in the United States (free of various artificial additives, high-fructose corn syrup, hormones and antibiotics), and it is one of the largest natural and organic food retailers in the country.
Founded by Roger Derrough in 1975, the first store opened its doors in Asheville, North Carolina as “Dinner for the Earth”. Initially, Dinner for the Earth offered only organic dried bulk foods in wood barrels and wellness products on handmade shelves. Six years later, the store expanded to a new location in Charleston, South Carolina, and thereafter continued its expansion to "mid-sized metros, with the savvy and wealth to support a healthy supermarket and no competition in the niche."
Dinner for the Earth became “Earth Fare” in 1994, after the team grew from a specialty store to a full-service store with expanded offerings of products, like craft beer and artisanal cheeses. Oak Hill Capital bought the chain in 2012. The company maintains a list of 140 ingredients that its products do not contain, and customers may receive $50 gift cards if they spot one of said ingredients in one of the chain's products.
All products the store carries are free of high fructose corn syrup, artificial fats, artificial trans fats, artificial colors, artificial flavors, artificial preservatives, artificial sweeteners, bleached or bromated flour, never administered antibiotics or added growth hormones. The company claims to have the highest standard in its organic produce in North America.
Earth Fare has 53 locations in 10 states throughout the southeast and the midwestern United States, including North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, Ohio, Michigan, Virginia and Indiana. The fortieth opened in Ocala, Florida in 2017.
Since November 2017, Earth Fare has expanded into Virginia with three locations in Roanoke, Fairfax, and Williamsburg. As of March 2019, they are planning two additional stores within Virginia, in Richmond and Virginia Beach.
Currently, (March 15, 2019) Earth Fare is planning 50 additional stores over the next five years.
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