|NATURALLY, IT’S ORGANIC. KU’s MarketFresh store resembles a commercial natural foods retail outlet, offering both prepared and packaged foods.|
University of Kansas Dining Services has opened an organic/ all-natural “mini-concept” called MarketFresh in its The Market retail café in the Kansas Union. MarketFresh features organic and all-natural snack items, to-go soups and salads and produce.
“The addition of MarketFresh to KU Dining Services’ growing portfolio of high-end offerings is an exciting one,” says Nona Golledge, director of KU Dining Services.
“Our customers are aware of—and appreciate—organic, all-natural products and we are happy to now offer such a variety in one place.”
MarketFresh’s offerings run the gamut from organic and all-natural granola and fruit to dairy products, sandwiches with organic bread and meats, soups and premium packaged salads.
“Historically, customer response to our organic offerings has been tremendous,” says Assistant Director for KU Dining Operations Alecia Stultz. “We anticipate the same kind of enthusiastic response with MarketFresh, given the range of products that will be featured.”
The addition of MarketFresh follows KU Dining’s recent introduction of organic quick breads from a local grocery cooperative, Community Mercantile, and a recent Farm-to-Fork celebration of local farmers and vendors at its residential dining center.
“As a department, we’re always looking to expand the types of offerings we know our customers will appreciate,” Golledge adds. “We’re confident that MarketFresh will prove to be one more way to meet that demand.”
Companies that will be represented in MarketFresh include Organic Valley, Wildwood Farms, Nature’s Path, GeniSoy, Annie’s Homegrown, Horizon Organic, Larabar, Bear Naked, Rudi’s, Spectrum, Applegate Farms, Nature Valley, Annie Chun’s and Food for Life Baking Co.