Access Exclusive: Bethenny Frankel Responds To Skinnygirl Cocktail’s Removal From Whole Foods
First Published: September 1, 2011 3:34 PM EDT Credit: Getty Premium
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Bethenny Frankel’s wildly popular Skinnygirl cocktail line has been removed from Whole Foods, but the Bravo star isn’t fretting over it.
“Skinnygirl cocktails were created to solve a problem: to create a line of guilt free cocktails allowing women to drink the indulgent drinks they actually want to drink with as few ingredients as possible,” Bethenny said in a statement to Access Hollywood.
“I’m not making wheatgrass here. If I could put an agave plant and some limes on a shelf I would. [The Skinnygirl Margarita] is as close to nature as possible, while still being a shelf stable product,” her statement continued.
Earlier on Thursday, Whole Foods told Access in a statement, “This product had been offered in 16 of Whole Foods Market’s 310 stores. After discovering that it contains a preservative that does not meet our quality standards, we have had to stop selling it.”
Bethenny, who recently sold her diet-friendly cocktail empire for a reported $120 million, appears to be unfazed by the removal from the popular grocery chain.
“With all due respect to Whole Foods, we were in a dozen of their stores and have decided not to continue in these stores. They represent an infinitesimal fraction of our business. We are, in fact, the fastest growing spirits brand in the US,” her statement continued. “We were bound to piss someone off and everyone loves to try to tear down a success. This is a non-event. I haven’t lost even a wink of sleep.”
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