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  • The Whole Foods Alternative to ObamaCare

    08/12/2009 12:55:50 PM PDT · by Arguendo · 52 replies · 1,922+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | August 12, 2009 | John Mackey
    With a projected $1.8 trillion deficit for 2009, several trillions more in deficits projected over the next decade, and with both Medicare and Social Security entitlement spending about to ratchet up several notches over the next 15 years as Baby Boomers become eligible for both, we are rapidly running out of other people’s money. These deficits are simply not sustainable. They are either going to result in unprecedented new taxes and inflation, or they will bankrupt us. While we clearly need health-care reform, the last thing our country needs is a massive new health-care entitlement that will create hundreds of...
  • Whole Foods: Earth Enemy

    05/17/2009 4:42:27 PM PDT · by Shout Bits · 53 replies · 1,520+ views
    Shout Bits Blog ^ | 5-16-09 | Shout Bits
    While the world most people inhabit rarely adopts Hollywood and Berkley fads, the 'green' movement has indeed caught fire with people who actually work to eat. Bemused by Kabbalah, Scientology, earth auras, and the like, regular America seems interested in being 'green.' Naturally, wherever there is a fad, an enterprising company will step up to exploit it. In this case, the practice of exploiting the public's concerns is called 'green washing.' While most green washing is simply characterizing established practices as somehow environmentally friendly, the grocery chain Whole Foods has magically turned one of the least green practices into a...
  • Starbucks, Costco Throw You "Under The Bus"

    03/23/2009 2:03:41 PM PDT · by yoe · 31 replies · 1,681+ views
    NRTW ^ | Mark Mix
    Dear (Right to Work Supporter): This week, the CEOs of Costco, Whole Foods, and Starbucks plan to throw you and their employees "under the bus" to appease Big Labor, offering a so-called "compromise version" of Big Labor's top legislative priority: the "Card Check" Forced Unionism Bill. It's vital you act right now to help fight back against their scheme -- which will leave workers vulnerable to union-boss intimidation and make you pay the price in higher costs. With our economy already blasted with recession and nearly constant political agitation, attempts to "compromise" over forced unionism really could push our economy...
  • Starbucks joins push to replace union-friendly bill (against card check)

    03/21/2009 8:01:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies · 1,093+ views
    KEPR-TV / The Associated Press ^ | March 21, 2009 | Hope Yen and Sam Hananel
    Three major retailers on Saturday laid out broad details of an alternative proposal they hope will fend off a deadlock over a hotly contested bill making it easier for workers to unionize. Starbucks Corp., Whole Foods Market Inc. and Costco Wholesale Corp. are opposed to portions of the labor-friendly Employee Free Choice Act, which would take away the right of employers to demand secret-ballot elections by workers before unions could be formed. Under the legislation, unions could gain representation if a majority of workers sign cards authorizing it. Still, the companies say they recognize that simply opposing the bill might...
  • Three Companies to Back Proposal on Union Bill

    03/21/2009 1:03:07 PM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 25 replies · 1,351+ views
    WSJ ^ | 3/20/09 | KRIS MAHER
    Three big retailers are expected to back an alternative proposal next week on a hotly contested bill that would make it easier to unionize workplaces, a move some experts said would bolster the legislation's chance of passage. Costco Wholesale Corp., Starbucks Corp. and Whole Foods Market Inc. are supporting the alternative proposal, according to someone familiar with the effort. Ray Krupin, a management labor lawyer in Washington said the most likely compromise would allow employees to unionize if 70% of them sign union-authorization cards, as opposed to 50% as currently proposed in the Employee Free Choice Act.
  • BERKELEY: Florist Battles Whole Foods Market Over Lease Renewal

    02/27/2009 10:28:21 AM PST · by SmithL · 14 replies · 754+ views
    Berkeley Daily Planet ^ | 2/25/9 | Riya Bhattacharjee
    Whole Foods Market, the national natural food supermarket chain that represents itself as supporting local communities, found itself under attack Wednesday when a large group of East Bay residents gathered outside its Emeryville headquarters vociferously protesting the company’s decision not to renew the lease of Ashby Flowers, a family-owned business that rents a small building in the corner of the parking lot at the company’s 3000 Telegraph Ave. location in Berkeley. In an interview with the Planet at his company’s regional headquarters Wednesday, Whole Foods Regional President David Lannon said that the company was not renewing the lease since it...
  • Obama Win May Be Bad for Whole Foods

    11/01/2008 7:31:33 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 30 replies · 1,325+ views
    Barron's ^ | October 31, 2008
    <p>A VICTORY FOR DEMOCRAT, BARACK OBAMA, and a Democratic-controlled congress could potentially benefit the supermarkets in our coverage universe, with Kroger (ticker: KR) standing to benefit the most. Impact on drugstores is less clear, although we see CVS Caremark (CVS) as a winner over Walgreen (WAG). Whole Foods Market (WFMI), on the other hand, could face additional wealth-destruction headwinds.</p>
  • Organic Produce...From China??

    06/26/2008 7:42:29 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 34 replies · 92+ views
    KPIC 4 Roseburg, Oregon ^ | June 24, 2008 | By Herb Weisbaum
    You buy organic because it's better for you and the environment because the produce is grown without pesticides or other potentially-harmful chemicals. But what if those organic vegetables came from China? Would you serve them to your family? It turns out you may already have. I found packages of frozen organic veggies from China at many local grocery stores, including PCC Natural Markets and Whole Foods. Whole Foods, the country's leader in organics, sells a variety of frozen organic produce from China - peas, spinach, asparagus - under its "365 House" brand. People who buy organic expect something special, but...
  • Whole Foods Ditches Plastic; Will [Madistan] Follow?

    01/23/2008 5:34:32 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 36 replies · 684+ views ^ | January 23, 2008 | Lynn Welch
    Looking out his office window Tuesday, Mike Dailey spotted something hanging in a tree. It was a plastic shopping bag. "Maybe that's part of the problem," said Dailey, an engineer with the city of Madison and adviser to the city's Commission on the Environment. "They're out there blowing all over the place." Difficult for some cities to recycle and a trash collection nightmare, plastic bags have made it on the environmental hit list of some cities, and now retailers. Whole Foods on Tuesday announced that it would end use of plastic in all of its stores. Stores will deplete inventory...
  • FTC tries to undo Whole Foods-Wild Oats deal

    10/25/2007 7:59:13 AM PDT · by Cat loving Texan · 18 replies · 111+ views
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 10/25/07 | Lori Hawkins
    Antitrust experts call the agency's effort a long shot. By Lori Hawkins AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Thursday, October 25, 2007 The Federal Trade Commission is making a last-ditch effort to unwind Whole Foods Market's purchase of its biggest rival, even though the deal is done. Despite losing a battle in a federal district court to block the deal in August, the FTC has not given up the fight. On Monday, the agency responded to a Whole Foods motion to formally dismiss the case with another filing. It said the appeal is still relevant and asked an appeals court in Washington to set...
  • The Hand That Controls the Sock Puppet Could Get Slapped

    07/24/2007 3:07:01 PM PDT · by siunevada · 6 replies · 644+ views
    NYT via Techmeme ^ | July 16, 2007 | Brad Stone and Matt Richtel
    SAN FRANCISCO, July 15 — On the Internet nobody knows you’re a dog — or the chief executive of a Fortune 500 company. Or so thought John Mackey, the chief executive of Whole Foods Market, who used a fictional identity on the Yahoo message boards for nearly eight years to assail competition and promote his supermarket chain’s stock, according to documents released last week by the Federal Trade Commission. In one Internet posting sure to enter the annals of chief-executive vanity, Mr. Mackey wrote as Rahodeb, “I like Mackey’s haircut. I think he looks cute!” ---- Successful executives like Mr....
  • Whole Foods Is Hot, Wild Oats a Dud -- So Said 'Rahodeb'

    07/11/2007 6:29:10 PM PDT · by bahblahbah · 24 replies · 1,369+ views
    WSJ ^ | July 12, 2007 | DAVID KESMODEL and JOHN R. WILKE
    In January 2005, someone using the name "Rahodeb" went online to a Yahoo stock-market forum and posted this opinion: No company would want to buy Wild Oats Markets Inc., a natural-foods grocer, at its price then of about $8 a share. "Would Whole Foods buy OATS?" Rahodeb asked, using Wild Oats' stock symbol. "Almost surely not at current prices. What would they gain? OATS locations are too small." Rahodeb speculated that Wild Oats eventually would be sold after sliding into bankruptcy or when its stock fell below $5. A month later, Rahodeb wrote that Wild Oats management "clearly doesn't know...
  • Whole Foods says its ban on lobster sales will stand -- except in Maine

    02/07/2007 2:23:15 PM PST · by GQuagmire · 37 replies · 786+ views ^ | 2/7/07
    ....In June, the Austin, Texas-based natural foods grocery chain said it would stop selling live lobsters and crabs — in the name of crustacean compassion. But it’s making an exception in Maine, a state synonymous with lobster
  • Whole Foods and the Celebrity Farmer

    12/22/2006 8:05:36 PM PST · by Lorianne · 18 replies · 751+ views
    Business Week ^ | December 20, 2006 | Pallavi Gogoi
    As Wal-Mart and other supermarket chains follow the high-end grocer's lead and promote local produce, farmers are becoming the new American idols After being pushed out of the spotlight for years, the local farmer is emerging as a new celebrity. From the foothills of Maine, through North Carolina in the South, the plains of Idaho, and the lush green valleys of California, a movement to celebrate the local farmer is sweeping the country. At the forefront of the movement has been supermarket Whole Foods (WFMI), which for years has put up photos of local farmers in its stores promoting their...
  • Whole Foods violates its own "core values" in order to boost its stock value.

    11/04/2006 8:13:50 AM PST · by grundle · 43 replies · 1,407+ views
    This is a great lesson in economics. I'm posting 2 things here. The first is from the Whole Foods website describing their "core values." It says they will always maintain these core values, regardless of the time, the situation, the person, or the size of the company. The second is from a news article explaining that Whole Foods is violating its core values, in order to try to boost the value of its stock. . Whole Foods Market Our Core Values The following list of core values reflects what is truly important to us as an organization. These are...
  • Research Shows Benefits of Apple Juice on Neuro-transmitter Affecting Memory

    08/07/2006 7:36:55 PM PDT · by Coleus · 3 replies · 358+ views
    LOWELL – For those who think that apple juice is a kid’s drink, think again. Apples and apple juice may be among the best foods that baby boomers and senior citizens could add to their diet, according to new research that demonstrates how apple products can help boost brain function similar to medication.  Animal research from the University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML) indicates that apple juice consumption may actually increase the production in the brain of the essential neurotransmitter acetylcholine, resulting in improved memory.Neurotransmitters such as acetylcholine are chemicals released from nerve cells that transmit messages to other nerve cells. ...
  • Whole Foods Market bans sale of live lobsters

    06/16/2006 12:26:34 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 108 replies · 2,007+ views
    AP via ^ | 15 June 2006 | Liz Austin
    Customers craving fresh crustaceans will have to look beyond Whole Foods Market Inc. after the natural-foods grocery chain decided Thursday to stop selling live lobsters and crabs on the grounds that it's inhumane. The Austin-based grocer, which has stores in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, spent seven months studying the sale of live lobsters from ship to supermarket aisle, trying to determine whether the creatures suffer along the way. In some stores, they experimented with "lobster condos," filling tanks with stacks of large pipes the critters can crawl inside. And they moved the tanks behind seafood counters and away from...
  • Shut up & walk your lobster (Whole Foods Considers Stopping Lobster Sales)

    06/13/2006 7:18:16 AM PDT · by Cat loving Texan · 102 replies · 2,846+ views
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 6/13/06 | John Kelso
    No wonder people think this town is goofy. The Whole Foods Market chain headquartered here in Austin is thinking about stopping the sale of live lobsters because it could be cruel to the lobsters. "We're reviewing the entire process literally from boat to plate to see if we can make some significant improvement in that whole supply process," Whole Foods spokeswoman Kate Lowery said. One way Whole Foods could make some significant improvement would be to release all the lobsters into Town Lake. That way I could collect them and eat them. Still, on Thursday the Whole Foods leadership will...
  • Freedom's Whole Foods (Countercultural vegetarian discovered health benefits of organic capitalism)

    06/01/2006 8:58:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies · 841+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 6/1/2006 | Ralph R. Reiland
    I've been there, so the things that John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, says in the June 2006 issue of Liberty magazine essentially ring true. Whole Foods is big now, one of the nation's fastest growing mass retailers, with sales last year exceeding $5 billion and a gross profit of more than $1.6 billion -- not a bad return in the grocery business. It didn't start that way. Coming out of the counterculture movement of the 1960s and 1970s, Mackey, a vegetarian, a former long-haired and bearded commune resident, a student of ecology, yoga, and eastern philosophy, writes that...
  • As 'organic' goes mainstream, will standards suffer?

    05/18/2006 6:00:09 AM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 33 replies · 913+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo! ^ | Wednesday, May 17, 2006 | Amanda Paulson
    CHICAGO - Buying organic milk these days - or organic apples, eggs, or beef - no longer has to mean an extra trip to a Whole Foods supermarket or the local co-op. Organic products now line the shelves at Safeway and Costco. And Wal-Mart - already the nation's largest organic-milk seller - says it wants to sell more organic food. Large companies including Kraft, General Mills, and Kellogg own sizable organic- and natural-food brands. Now, they are developing organic versions of their own products, too. Still, while some organic-food fans welcome its broadening appeal and availability, others worry that the...