Best Food Market: Mana FoodsThe depth, diversity, quality and value of Mana Foods comes shining through as the winner of Best Food Market, a new category in this year's contest. "Wow," says Mana Foods co-owner Theresa Thielk upon learning of the market's two first place wins (they were also voted Best Health Food). "We try to keep our prices good and offer lots of variety . . . We try to satisfy all of our customers."
Now in its 28th year of business on the Valley Isle, Mana Foods is the place to find an excellent selection local produce. "It's bright and fresh," said Thielk of the colorful, well-stocked display area. There's also a vitamin room, deli and bakery, natural cleaning products, bulk-item self-service area and much more. "We have the best selection of chocolates on the island," says Thielk. Another aspect that makes Mana Foods stand apart from other markets on Maui is its large selection of international foods. Examples include olives, pasta, hot sauces, Asian foods, Armenian and kosher foods. "It's super dynamic," says Thielk. "Every local thing imaginable is also there . . . We're always bringing in new kinds of products."