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  • Whole Foods Fight

    08/17/2009 2:44:02 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 28 replies · 1,532+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 17, 2009
    Of all the sideshows to the Great 2009 Health Care Debate, the Whole Foods boycott may take the prize as the most unexpected. Last Wednesday, John Mackey, the chief executive of Whole Foods, took to the pages of The Wall Street Journal to opine that “we clearly need health care reform,” but arguing against the solutions being put forward by the administration: “The last thing our country needs is a massive new health care entitlement that will create hundreds of billions of dollars of new unfunded deficits and move us much closer to a government takeover of our health care...
  • Whole Foods (The Left's Moronic Boycott Because of the CEO's Wall Street Journal Healthcare Op-Ed)

    08/17/2009 1:34:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies · 1,383+ views
    The Agitator ^ | 8/17/2009
    I plan to do a lot more shopping at Whole Foods in the coming weeks. Mostly in response to the moronic boycott of the store now gaining momentum on the left. Let me see if I have the logic correct here: Whole Foods is consistently ranked among the most employee-friendly places to work in the service industry. In fact, Whole Foods treats employees a hell of a lot better than most liberal activist groups do. The company has strict environmental and humane animal treatment standards about how its food is grown and raised. The company buys local. The store near...
  • Hey BO -- Forget FedEx -- Have a Look at Safeway and Whole Foods

    08/17/2009 8:52:14 AM PDT · by CMoran325 · 5 replies · 517+ views
    Clearly Nebulous ^ | August 17, 2009 | Colette Moran
    FedEx and UPS compete with the US Postal Service?! Come on, Obama. Everyone knows that overnight service is just one aspect of mail delivery. You can't walk up to a FedEx box with a letter that has a stamp that cost you only 42 cents and send it to the other side of the country in just a few days.Rather than grasp for these poor examples of how private industry competes with the government -- why not switch it up altogether? Rather than continue beating the dying horse known as Obamacare (you know, that 1000+ pages bill that you haven't actually read) -- why not have...
  • The Whole Foods approach to health care reform (a rational, workable alternative to Obamacare)

    08/16/2009 6:11:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies · 1,752+ views
    Mackinac Center For Public Policy ^ | 8/16/2009 | John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods
    John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, has an excellent op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal outlining his vision for a plan to reform American health care. 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 billions of dollars of new unfunded deficits and move us much closer to a government takeover of our health-care system. Instead, we should be trying to achieve reforms by moving in the opposite direction—toward less government control and more individual empowerment. Here are eight reforms that would greatly lower the cost...
  • Whole Foods CEO's Health Care Views Provoke Some Customers to Boycott Store (CORPORATE VAMPIRES!)

    08/15/2009 6:49:29 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 65 replies · 3,150+ views
    FOXNews ^ | Aug15.09 | staff
    Protesters are hoping a boycott will cut into the success of Whole Foods, the 10th largest food and drug store in the U.S., which reported sales of $1.8 billion for last quarter, a 2 percent increase from the previous quarter. Calls to boycott Whole Foods Market are growing louder and more sophisticated following a Wall Street Journal opinion article by the company's chief executive, John Mackey, in which he criticized President Obama's health care plan and offered his own alternative. Mackey's article first prompted individuals to threaten taking their business elsewhere. But now the Progressive Review, an online alternative publication,...
  • Health Care Stirs Up Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, Customers Boycott Organic Grocery Store

    08/14/2009 10:08:31 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 73 replies · 2,180+ views
    ABC News.com ^ | 08/14/09 | EMILY FRIEDMAN
    Joshua has been taking the bus to his local Whole Foods in New York City every five days for the past two years. This week, he said he'll go elsewhere to fulfill his fresh vegetable and organic produce needs. "I will never shop there again," vowed Joshua, a 45-year-old blogger, who asked that his last name not be published. Like many of his fellow health food fanatics, Joshua said he will no longer patronize the store after learning about Whole Foods Market Inc.'s CEO John Mackey's views on health care reform, which were made public this week in an op-ed...
  • Health Care Stirs Up Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, Customers Boycott Organic Grocery Store

    08/14/2009 10:26:23 AM PDT · by SeattleBruce · 58 replies · 2,636+ views
    ABC News ^ | 8/14/09 | EMILY FRIEDMAN
    Joshua has been taking the bus to his local Whole Foods in New York City every five days for the past two years. This week, he said he'll go elsewhere to fulfill his fresh vegetable and organic produce needs. Customers are threatening to boycott Whole Foods stores after the company's CEO, John Mackey, wrote an op-ed discussing his ideas for health care reform. (Getty Images) More Photos"I will never shop there again," vowed Joshua, a 45-year-old blogger, who asked that his last name not be published. Like many of his fellow health food fanatics, Joshua said he will no longer...
  • 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
    Madistan.com ^ | 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
    Boston.com ^ | 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