The US grocery store chain Johns is making a push into organic food.
The company announced a partnership with the Organic Supermarket Association, a non-profit group of organic food producers and distributors.
The group will receive the exclusive right to sell organic foods at participating Johns supermarkets, Johns said in a statement.
The deal was announced on Thursday, as Johns announced that it will start selling organic fruits and vegetables next month at stores nationwide.
“We believe that organic foods are a vital part of our daily diet, and our partnerships with these organizations are a critical step to provide our customers with an affordable and nutritious choice when it comes to food and nutrition,” Johns president and CEO Robert J. Miller said in the statement.
Johns said it plans to partner with organic food suppliers who use state-of-the-art technology and research to produce the products that it markets to customers.
The company also announced that its organic brands will be available at Whole Foods stores nationwide starting May 10.
Johns is among the largest organic food retailers in the United States, with more than 50 stores nationwide and a network of more than 800.
In the last six years, John’s has opened more than 300 stores in the U.S. and expanded its network to include about 100 locations in other countries.