Who is the Woodlands Market Grocery Buyer and what does she do?

My name is Catherine and I am the Grocery Buyer for Woodlands Market. I have been in the grocery industry for forty years and have a passion for food! We at Woodlands take pride in trying our very best to find you, our guests, those unique hard-to-find gourmet items. We also want you to be comfortable asking for products you can’t find on our shelves. I try very hard to respond to every request that comes to me.

My role as a buyer allows me to source new products and ensure the success of our existing goods based on customer demand as well as industry trends. I meet with suppliers, attend trade shows and keep in tune with our customers’ wants and needs.

Today many of us are more conscious of what we consume and the benefits products provide. We see more products being introduced to us with a much smaller ingredients list; eliminating toxins that for years now we have been eating and using to clean with! Woodlands sells many wonderful, safe, tasty and interesting.

I also try to support local vendors, one being Dosa chips. Dosa chips are locally made in Larkspur, CA .Dosa chips are an irresistible and satisfying snack. The chips are crunchy with a bit of salt. The unique thing about this product is that they are made in small batches using four ingredients. The chips are cooked in antioxidant-rich rice bran oil. It cooks in a slow fermentation process that takes about 2 days. I enjoy these chips with cheese.  Woodlands Market supports many great local vendors and the variety in what we carry continues to grow. If you are looking for something in particular, please call or leave a message for me at the store. I will do my best to find it for you!

— Catherine Vella Perez, Grocery Buyer