Will Liba Falafel Supply Whole Foods' Next Street-Food Products?

Looks like the Magic Curry Kart line of sauces is only the beginning of Whole Foods' foray into street-food product marketing. Mobile vendor Liba Falafel meets tomorrow with Harvindar Singh, Whole Foods' Northern California local products' forager, to discuss developing a retail product line. Singh tells SFoodie he's had recent talks with the Chai Cart and Currywurst, and an ongoing conversation with Jon's Street Eats to develop a line of dressings.

Liba's Gail Lillian tells SFoodie the mega-retailer approached her about what she calls the expansion opportunity. “One of my locations is near Whole Foods' regional offices [in Emeryville], so some of my steady weekly customers work there,” Lillian says. “Some of them said, 'Have you ever thought about packaging your products?'” Lillian's truck has a falafel-topping bar stocked with 15 relishes, sauces, and condiments. “I think I could find something that would work,” says Lillian, who's also been scouting spaces in North and West Oakland for a retail location of her own.

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