In a move to enhance its convenience offerings and highlight its private brand, Whole Foods Market has partnered with June Oven to include recipes made with 365 Everyday Value products in the smart oven company’s custom Cook-Program.
With the capabilities of seven appliances—a convection oven, air fryer, dehydrator, slow cooker, broiler, toaster and warming drawer—all in one, June smart ovens feature computer-controlled cooking systems designed to ensure food is cooked perfectly with each use. The oven’s touchscreen interface includes more than 100 Cook-Programs, which are designed to auto-cook items based on the type of food or particular recipe, monitoring the internal temperature and transforming to different cook modes to provide consistent results.
Beginning Oct. 9, all June smart ovens will feature a Whole Foods icon on the user interface as well as chef-developed Cook-Programs featuring 30-plus recipes and foods from the retailer’s 365 Everyday Value line of products, such as fresh salmon with lemon thyme rub, pork andouille sausage and frozen vegetable medley.
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"It's our mission to bring the highest-quality experience, convenience and innovation to our customers," Norma Quon, a senior director of global marketing for Whole Foods, said in a statement. "As adoption of smart cooking continues to grow exponentially, this partnership allows us to provide a unique offering that makes it even easier for shoppers to enjoy their favorite Whole Foods Market products."
June’s smart oven technology includes a convenient app that syncs to the user’s phone, allowing the user to monitor progress and adjust the oven’s settings from anywhere. Users can also watch a live video of their food as it cooks, receive a notification when their meal is ready and make voice commands for the oven via Amazon’s Alexa.
June ovens will be sold in select Whole Foods stores in California for $799 beginning in October, with weekend demos throughout the month and 365 Frozen Pizza promotions tied to Halloween.
"This is the first partnership of its kind and allows us to deliver a unique benefit to both June owners and Whole Foods Market shoppers, all of whom are busy but prioritize eating well," said Matt Van Horn, co-founder and CEO of June. "We are working together toward a shared goal of helping people eat healthier and cook more."