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  • Gay pastor admits he faked homophobic slur on Whole Foods cake [GAY HOAX]

    05/16/2016 8:05:28 PM PDT · by Enchante · 98 replies
    WaPo ^ | May 16, 2016 | Julie Zauzmer
    An openly gay pastor who claimed that a grocery store bakery wrote a homophobic message on his cake has dropped his lawsuit against Whole Foods, claiming he made up the story, according to news reports.
  • Texas pastor who accused Whole Foods of gay slur on cake drops suit, apologizes (homo hoax alert)

    05/16/2016 9:14:07 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/16/16
    The Texas pastor who sued Whole Foods in April for allegedly writing a gay slur on a cake he bought withdrew his lawsuit on Monday and apologized to the supermarket chain for perpetrating a hoax, KVUE reported. "The company did nothing wrong," openly gay pastor Jordan Brown wrote in a Monday statement. "I was wrong to pursue this matter and use the media to perpetuate this story." Brown said in April that he requested a cake from Whole Foods with the phrase “Love Wins” written on it, but when he received his cake there was a homophobic remark added. Brown...
  • Pastor who claimed Whole Foods cake had homophobic slur drops lawsuit

    05/16/2016 7:52:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 42 replies
    Fox 7 Austin ^ | May 16, 2016 | Staff
    The pastor who claimed he bought a Whole Foods cake that had a homophobic slur written on it has decided to drop his lawsuit against the company. Pastor Jordan Brown, who is gay, is a pastor of The Church of Open Doors, an LGBT welcoming congregation in Austin.
  • Austin pastor claims Whole Foods cake had homophobic slur

    04/20/2016 6:33:26 PM PDT · by Morgana · 43 replies ^ | April 20, 2016 | KEYE TV
    AUSTIN, Texas (KEYE) — An Austin pastor says a cake he ordered from Whole Foods last Thursday had a homophobic slur written on the top when he received it. The attorney for Pastor Jordan Brown says he ordered a cake from the Whole Foods store on Lamar Boulevard with the personalized message "Love Wins," but when he received it said "Love Wins F--." "As a 30-year-old openly gay pastor, I have had to face years of discrimination and judgement for something that I had no control over," Brown says. He explains, that trauma resurfaced Thursday with the incident involving the...
  • Homosexual-Activist Pastor Fakes Cake with Anti-Gay Frosting; Whole Foods Counter-Sues ...

    04/20/2016 10:47:39 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 66 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 20, 2016 | Justin Wm. Moyer
    Did this gay pastor fake a cake with an anti-gay decoration? Whole Foods thinks so. Anyone who has paid a visit to the Whole Foods flagship store in Austin, knows the location is the gem in the pricey grocery chain’s organic crown. As one reviewer once put it: “The 80,000-square-foot market, bar, eatery, makeup counter and pick-up joint (we suspect) makes our local branches look like the neighborhood 7-11.” But one visitor to the Austin location says he was not so enthusiastic about a recent trip. An openly gay pastor in the city where Whole Foods was founded has...
  • Whole Foods: We’re suing the gay activist who claimed we sold him a cake with a slur written on it

    04/19/2016 4:11:45 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 57 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 19, 2016 | BY ALLAHPUNDIT
    Via Drew McCoy and Just Karl, you mean the cake section at Whole Foods — in Austin(!) — isn’t a hotbed of reactionary anti-gay sentiment? Watch Jordan Brown’s short video, posted below, for background. He claims he ordered a cake at WF that was supposed to say “Love Wins” and instead they handed him something that said “Love Wins, Fag.” Pay attention to the cake box, which he insists is unopened and unaltered. The label is on the bottom and the top of the box has a blue-green pattern on it. His video went viral and the predictable uproar ensued...
  • Whole Foods to take legal action against pastor [tr]

    04/19/2016 1:53:40 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 37 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 19, 2016
    Whole Foods to take legal action against pastor who claimed cake had homophobic slur AUSTIN, Texas -- A Texas pastor who claimed a cake he bought from Whole Foods in Austin had a homophobic slur written on it is now facing legal action of his own from the supermarket giant. The attorneys for Pastor Jordan Brown said he ordered a cake from a Whole Foods store with the personalized message "Love Wins," but when he received it, the cake said "Love Wins F**." But Whole Foods is disputing his claim. They say his accusations are fraudulent, and they intend to...
  • Group plans protest at Benner's Farm (NY) to save beloved cow (the bad farmer wants to eat his Moo)

    04/12/2016 5:43:10 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 60 replies
    Fios1 News ^ | April 7, 2016 | Katie Moriarty
    East Setauket [Long Island, NY] farmer, Bob Benner and his family have learned to live off their 15 acres of land since 1977. "We learned, made, and had our own heat. We made our own food. We made our own clothing. We raised a garden," he said. With six mouths to feed on a tight budget, Benner began raising certain farm animals as a source of food. Over the years, Benner's farm has evolved into a popular attraction for strawberry picking, birthday parties, and class trips for kids. Which is how Kimberly Sherriton, a mother from Commack, got involved with...
  • Meet the 11-year-old girl who Scored an $11 Million Deal with Whole Foods to Sell her Lemonade ....

    04/01/2016 1:27:47 PM PDT · by Cecily · 36 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | April 1, 2016 | Valerie Edwards
    An 11-year-old Texas girl has just scored a sweet $11 million deal with Whole Foods to sell her brand of lemonade. Mikaila Ulmer's BeeSweet Lemonade will be carried by 55 stores in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. When Whole Foods saw the promise in her lemonade, the supermarket agreed to sell the products in its regional stores. If Mikaila's lemonade does well, it'll eventually be sold nationwide. The savvy 6th-grader from Austin, Texas, has developed her signature Me & The Bees lemonade stand into a thriving national business.
  • Whole Foods Shoppers Say the Funniest Things

    03/11/2016 6:05:22 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 22 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | March 11, 2016 | P.J. Gladnick
    Whole Foods shoppers, most of whom probably form Bernie Sanders' base, can unintentionally say some of the funniest things. This humor comes from their "bobo" background. "Bobo" is a word coined by New York Times columnist David Brooks as an abreviation of the words "bourgeois" and "bohemian" although a more accurate description would be "bolshevik" and "bohemian." In any event, they are so noted for the outlandish things they say that there is even a Facebook page called Overheard at Wholefoods. The wildest of the overheard quotes were compiled  by the RealClear website. 
  • Woman writes heartbreaking letter to Whole Foods shoppers after a family tragedy

    03/10/2016 11:32:27 AM PST · by pilgrim · 51 replies
    Washington post ^ | March 10, 2016 | Hayley Peterson
    Dear Strangers, I remember you. Ten months ago, when my cellphone rang with news of my father’s suicide, you were walking into Whole Foods prepared to do your grocery shopping, just as I had been only minutes before you. But I had already abandoned my cart full of groceries and I stood in the entryway of the store. My brother was on the other end of the line. He was telling me my father was dead, that he had taken his own life early that morning and through his own sobs, I remember my brother kept saying, “I’m sorry,...
  • 'South Park' to Examine Life Without "Racist, Trigger-Happy" Cops

    11/10/2015 9:17:24 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 87 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 11-9-15 | Ryan Parker
    "We've only had a Whole Foods for a month and already we don't need cops." The town of South Park has come a long way since it was granted a Whole Foods, becoming much more PC. And in Wednesday's new episode, "Naughty Ninjas," the show will do away with "racist, trigger-happy" cops roaming the town. "The ever more PC citizens of South Park decide that they no longer need a police force," according to Comedy Central. "As the first American town to get rid of their cops, they plan to celebrate their advanced sensibilities with a PC Carnival." Season 19...
  • Whole Foods to stop selling products made by inmates

    10/01/2015 4:42:53 PM PDT · by BBell · 58 replies
    Whole Foods will stop selling products made using a prison labor program after a protest at one of its stores in Texas. The company said the products should be out of its stores by April 2016, if not sooner. Whole Foods said it has sold tilapia, trout and goat cheese produced through a Colorado inmate program at some stores since at least 2011. Michael Silverman, a Whole Foods spokesman, said the company had sourced the products because the program was a way to "help people get back on their feet and eventually become contributing members of society."
  • Whole Foods to cut 1,500 jobs, get ‘leaner’

    09/29/2015 5:09:25 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 17 replies
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | 3:14 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, 2015 | Claudia Grisales - American-Statesman Staff
    In a challenging year that has seen it battle declining sales and increased competition, Austin-based Whole Foods Market said Monday that it will cut 1,500 jobs in the next two months. [....] Whole Foods said it is making the cuts “as part of its ongoing commitment to lower prices for its customers and invest in technology upgrades while improving its cost structure,” according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The reduction represents 1.6 percent of the company’s workforce, the filing said. The organic foods giant, which employs 91,000, said it will make the cuts over the...
  • Black Man Suffers Another Racist Beating -- in Whole Foods?

    09/09/2015 2:57:21 AM PDT · by markomalley · 61 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 9/9/15 | Colin Flahrety
    Another black man is the victim of another racist beating — for no reason whatsoever. Or so the media would have us believe. This time in Oakland. And we know that because of what the CBS affiliate called an “unprovoked violent beatdown” was witnessed by one of the world’s top authorities on black victimization, Dr. Zoe Marks. And she is spreading this story around the globe. The violent encounter happened last Thursday. CBS news in San Francisco started the tsunami of coverage by calling for the arrest of the security guard who administered the beating on a black man who...
  • Whole Foods Fires Security Guard After Pics of Bloody Altercation With Customer Surface on Facebook

    09/05/2015 4:18:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 86 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 | Riya Bhattacharjee
    Eyewitness account claims man was "trying to buy groceries with his EBT card and ended up in a stretcher"Editor's Note: The photographs posted on this page are graphic in nature. Whole Foods has fired a security guard at one of its Oakland locations after photographs of a bloody altercation between a customer and the guard surfaced on Facebook. Zoe Marks, a fellow at Edinburgh University, was visiting Oakland, when she posted an eyewitness account Thursday of what she described as a “horrific” incident at the Whole Foods Market near Lake Merritt. Marks said the customer "was trying to buy...
  • Whole Foods Was Mistakenly Selling ‘Asparagus Water’ And People Almost Bought It

    08/09/2015 6:28:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 72 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Wednesday 5 Aug 2015 | Alison Lynch
    This week, shoppers at Whole Foods in Brentwood, California spotted the new health drink, priced at $5.99 (Ł3.85) per bottle on the shelves. For just under four pounds, you got a bottle filled with water and three stalks of asparagus. Was this the new maple water? Could Whole Foods get any more ridiculous? Are they becoming a parody of themselves? There were so many questions. Alerted by bemused customers on Twitter, Eater called the store to investigate. They were initially told by an employee that the product was indeed new to the store. ‘We’ve had them on the shelf for...
  • Stick a fork in Whole Foods?

    07/31/2015 3:06:22 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 76 replies
    CNNMoney ^ | July 31, 2015 | Paul R. La Monica
    Whole Foods may be toast. Granted, it's toast made from pricey, gluten-free, organic honey oat bread. But toast nonetheless. Shares of Whole Foods (WFM) plunged more than 10% Thursday after the high-end natural grocery chain reported sales and profits that missed analysts' forecasts. Its outlook did not impress investors either.
  • Whole Foods Shocked: Millennials Are Broke, Don't Want to Pay for Anything

    05/08/2015 9:46:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 91 replies
    The Excellence In Broadcasting Network ^ | May 8, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: The Washington Post, however, has a story with the headline: "Whole Foods is Learning that Millennials Aren't Who it Thought They Are." I think a lot of people are starting to figure this out. "For years, Whole Foods has thrived by selling pricey food with a promise that it is better for you, better for the planet, and better overall. The mantra has proved so successful that it has helped the high-end supermarket chain to expand from its flagship store in Austin, Texas, to more than 400 locations. But lately, Whole Foods' model hasn't looked quite as...
  • WARREN BUFFETT: 'I don't see smiles on the faces of people at Whole Foods'

    05/07/2015 4:36:26 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 78 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | May 6,2015 | Rick Wilking/
    Whole Foods shares are getting crushed after earnings. The company reported record second quarter sales that still were below investors' expectations, and shares were down as much as 10% in after hours trade on Wednesday. This past weekend at the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholders' meeting this past weekend, CEO Warren Buffett singled out the company, saying that that the customers there simply don't seem like a happy bunch. Here's some more color on what Buffett said, according to Time: "Food and beverage companies will adjust to the expressed preferences of consumers. No company does well ignoring its consumers. "It’s amazing...
  • Liberals angry at Whole Foods for feeding National Guardsmen in Baltimore

    04/28/2015 5:22:52 PM PDT · by markomalley · 65 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 4/28/15
    Whole Foods is donating food to National Guardsmen in Baltimore. And that makes Angry Black Lady, well, angry: This is tone-deaf, especially when thousands of school kids in Baltimore need lunch, @WholeFoods. #TWiBNation— Imani Gandy (@AngryBlackLady) April 28, 2015 And she’s not alone. Liberals furious at the upscale grocery store sent “Whole Foods” trending in the U.S. this afternoon. Whoa… Baltimore shuts down schools, denies 80%+ kids their only stable meal, & Whole Foods gives free lunches 2 Natl Guard whom has money?— DJ Big Will (@DJBigWill) April 28, 2015 I spent my last money with @WholeFoods last night....
  • Brominated vegetable oil can be a real no-no

    11/24/2014 1:08:31 PM PST · by John David Powell · 31 replies
    Newsfix ^ | 11/14/14
    Ever notice how people wear breathing masks and other protective gear when handling pesticides? That’s because you do not want to get this stuff on ya or in ya. Trust us. This stuff is aimed to kill. So why, then, until just recently were soft drink makers putting it in their products? Ok, to be fair, they were using brominated vegetable oil. BVO is an emulsifier. In other words, it distributes all of those fake flavors so we don’t have to shake the bottle. But like the sign says, studies suggest BVO hinders brain development, reduces fertility, and could cause...
  • Streisand-Backed Measure to Block Whole Foods Wins in Malibu

    11/05/2014 4:45:57 PM PST · by rktman · 106 replies ^ | 11/5/2014 | unknown
    The ballot item, Measure R, spearheaded by actor, director and producer Rob Reiner and backed by entertainment-industry figures including Barbra Streisand, Tom Hanks and David Geffen, passed with 59 percent of the vote, according to election results released today.
  • Revealed: How much more Whole Foods is REALLY costing you

    09/24/2014 6:35:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 61 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | Septeber 24, 2014 | Ashley Collman
    It's no secret that Whole Foods isn't the most cost-friendly of grocery stores, but a new survey shows just how much more customers pay at the natural food retailer compared to other regional supermarkets. New York investment firm Wolfe Research recently did a study, comparing baskets of groceries at the upscale organic market to other stores across the nation and confirmed that tags at Whole Foods are through the roof. In one instance, Wolfe totaled 60-72 items at Whole Foods and then compared them to prices for the same exact products at Houston's HEB, a Mariano's grocery store in Chicago,...
  • Bunny Food Controversy Grips the Nation as Whole Foods Takes Fire in Vegan Activist World

    08/24/2014 11:30:10 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 68 replies
    ijreview ^ | August 24, 2014 | Michael Hausam
    Whole Foods Market has been selling rabbit meat for a few months in Northern California and Washington, D.C., but it hasn’t been an easy process. Nor has it been without controversy, according to a recent Fox News report. When it first offered rabbit meat, the grocery store chain issued a press release carefully explaining why it took four years to set up an acceptable production process as well as its own set of standards: Take into account that rabbits are social creatures. Require living conditions with continuous access to water, food, and other necessary items. Treat injured animals. Careful breeding...
  • The 3 Dumbest Things About Whole Foods Market

    08/19/2014 10:43:58 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 96 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 18, 2014 | Steven Salzberg
    I have a love-hate relationship with Whole Foods Market. On the one hand, I love their fresh produce, their baked goods, and many other food choices there. On the other hand, they have embraced anti-science positions in the interest of keeping everything "natural."
  • Live Maggots Found in Whole Foods Meat Case, Health Officials Say They’re Not Moving Fast Enough ..

    04/30/2014 6:50:22 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 68 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | April 30, 2014 | Will Lerner
    Maggots found in Whole Foods meat case, health officials say they’re not moving fast enough to fix the problem Whole Foods claims to be “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store,” and that they, “maintain the strictest quality standards in the industry.” Such claims might start to be questioned, however, after a disgusting discovery at one of their San Francisco locations on Monday, April 21. Last week, KRON 4 News exclusively reported that maggots were found in a meat case. Now, KRON 4 News is reporting that the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) claims Whole Foods hasn’t worked quickly enough to...
  • Whole Foods Quackery

    04/29/2014 8:03:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Above the Market ^ | 04/29/2014
    Fortune has a puff piece out on Whole Foods Market (WFM, a stock in which I have no interest and no intended interest), the up-scale purveyor of excellent prepared food, overpriced groceries with multiple claimed but unsubstantiated benefits, phony health remedies, and the oxymoronic concept of “healthy indulgence.” It made its reputation by pushing healthier living and selling food that doesn’t contain the pesticides and additives that are often staples of “regular” food.The Whole Foods approach has worked in that its share price is up about 12-fold since its November 2008 recession-era low versus 130 percent for the S&P 500...
  • Whole Foods: America’s Temple of Pseudoscience

    02/24/2014 7:41:56 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 02/24/2014 | Michael Schulson
    Americans get riled up about creationists and climate change deniers, but lap up the quasi-religious snake oil at Whole Foods. It’s all pseudoscience—so why are some kinds of pseudoscience more equal than others? If you want to write about spiritually-motivated pseudoscience in America, you head to the Creation Museum in Kentucky. It’s like a Law of Journalism. The museum has inspired hundreds of book chapters and articles (some of them, admittedly, mine) since it opened up in 2007. The place is like media magnet. And our nation’s liberal, coastal journalists are so many piles of iron fillings. But you don’t...
  • Whole Foods CEO: Obamacare Is Hurting Our Employees

    12/18/2013 6:54:25 PM PST · by markomalley · 37 replies
    Whole Foods CEO John Mackey spoke with Fox News’ Stuart Varney Wednesday to discuss the negative impact Obamacare is having on the health food retailer. Mackey told Varney that Whole Foods, which has been in business for 35 years and employees 80,000 workers, is being hit hard by Obamacare. “It’s raising our costs…We’ll have to cover things that are expensive that we may not want to cover, our team members may not want to have covered,” Mackey said. He explained that that costs will be raised, which could either depress wage increases or the corporation will be forced to pass...
  • Major Grocer to Label Foods With Gene-Modified Content[Whole Foods]

    03/12/2013 9:28:29 PM PDT · by Theoria · 7 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 08 Mar 2013 | STEPHANIE STROM
    Whole Foods Market, the grocery chain, on Friday became the first retailer in the United States to require labeling of all genetically modified foods sold in its stores, a move that some experts said could radically alter the food industry. A. C. Gallo, president of Whole Foods, said the new labeling requirement, to be in place within five years, came in response to consumer demand. “We’ve seen how our customers have responded to the products we do have labeled,” Mr. Gallo said. “Some of our manufacturers say they’ve seen a 15 percent increase in sales of products they have labeled.”...
  • Whole Foods' Chicken Ad Featuring Obama Outrages Neighbors

    02/21/2013 2:21:00 PM PST · by null and void · 21 replies
    NBC 4 New York ^ | Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 | Pei-Sze Cheng
    The supermarket took down the sign after shoppers complained it was offensive Some Whole Foods customers are complaining about a sign featuring the president that advertises a sale on chicken. A Whole Foods supermarket in New York has removed a sign that used a drawing of President Barack Obama to advertise a sale on chicken after complaints that the ad was offensive. The sign outside the supermarket on Manhattan's Upper West Side, featuring an apparent caricature of Obama advertising an upcoming sale on whole organic chickens, outraged neighbor Woody Henderson. "There are certain things that have been used to put...
  • Is Obamacare Socialism or Fascism?

    01/22/2013 6:48:38 AM PST · by Mozilla · 28 replies
    america spectator ^ | 1.18.13 | David carton
    It seemed that the grocery chain’s CEO, John Mackey, was that elusive creature for whom Diogenes searched so fruitlessly — an honest man. Mackey is currently promoting his new book, Conscious Capitalism, and has therefore subjected himself to a series of media interviews, including one recently broadcast on NPR. During that interview, he was asked if his opinion of Obamacare had changed since he wrote, in the Wall Street Journal, “All countries with socialized medicine ration health care by forcing their citizens to wait in lines to receive scarce treatments.” He answered as follows: “Technically speaking, it’s more like fascism....
  • Whole Foods CEO says Obama healthcare law is 'more like fascism'

    01/16/2013 10:24:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/16/2013 | Elise Viebeck
    The CEO of Whole Foods Market said President Obama's healthcare law is more like "fascism" than "socialism," a parallel he drew in 2009, to some backlash. John Mackey made the remark in an interview Wednesday with NPR. "Technically speaking, it's more like fascism," Mackey said of the Affordable Care Act. "Socialism is where the government owns the means of production. In fascism, the government doesn't own the means of production, but they do control it, and that's what's happening with our healthcare programs and these reforms." The term "fascism" was first used to describe the right-wing regime of Italian leader...
  • $4.2 million in tax incentives brings Whole Foods to depressed downtown Detroit

    05/21/2012 8:58:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 60 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | May 18, 2012 | Melissa Quinn
    Michigan politicians met in downtown Detroit on May 14 to break ground on a new Whole Foods Market with hopes of boosting the area’s economy and bringing new jobs to the city. The new store is said to be part of an incentive package that includes $4.2 million in state and local funds. The store will receive tax credits and promise to remain open for seven years after receiving the first installment, Spero News reported.
  • How Whole Foods "Primes" You To Shop

    09/21/2011 11:20:06 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 61 replies ^ | Sep 15, 2011 | Martin Lindstrom
    Have you ever been primed? I mean has anyone ever deliberately influenced your subconscious mind and altered your perception of reality without your knowing it? Whole Foods Market, and others, are doing it to you right now.
  • Whole Foods Draws Controversy Over Ramadan Promotion

    08/11/2011 8:20:24 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    TIME ^ | Aug. 11, 2011 | Zachary Cohen
    Whole Foods landed in some hot water this week after advertising food for Ramadan, then seemingly backing off, then returning to their original stance. The grocery chain, known for being socially conscious, started promoting frozen food from Saffron Road that is halal (meaning it follows Muslim dietary laws and restrictions) in commemoration of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month. ... Things only got worse from there when an internal email that was obtained by the Houston Press said that they should continue to promote halal but not necessarily celebrate Ramadan in an effort to prevent any more criticism from the far...
  • Whole Foods Celebrates, Monetizes Ramadan

    08/01/2011 1:29:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 49 replies
    Thanks to a new social media-centered marketing campaign, Whole Foods will become the first national retail chain to celebrate Ramadan. Whole Foods has become the first prominent supermarket chain to run a Ramadan marketing campaign--and they're hoping Muslim customers will return the favor as they break fast. Even though Muslims traditionally forego meals during the day, lavish evening Ramadan meals could mean big bucks for the natural foods giant ... as well as brand loyalty from a demographic not traditionally courted by megastore advertising. Whole Foods is teaming up with Halal frozen entree brand Saffron Road (who sell a variety...
  • a Disgruntled Whole Foods Employee’s Epic Resignation Letter (Thorazine alert!)

    07/25/2011 1:52:36 PM PDT · by pabianice · 75 replies · 1+ views
    Gawker ^ | 7/25/11
    Late Friday afternoon, an employee of the Whole Foods Market in Toronto sent this epic resignation letter to the entire company. It's an alternatingly amusing, enlightening, and occasionally infuriating read — but a good read, nonetheless. ------------------------------------------------------- Dear Whole Foods Market, My experience at Whole Foods was like an increasingly sped up fall down a really long hill. That got rockier with every metre. And eventually, just really spiky ... With fire, acid and Nickleback music. I was hired about five or six years ago. I appreciated and respected what the company said it's philosophies were at that time. The...
  • USDA removes major barrier to Michelle Obama’s salad-bar initiative

    12/06/2010 11:05:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    Grist ^ | December 6, 2010 | Ed Bruske
    First Lady Michelle Obama announced last week that a new public-private partnership, Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools, would make it possible for as many as 6,000 salad bars to be installed in U.S. school cafeterias at an estimated cost of $15 million. Contrary to what hundreds of irate commenters directed to Grist from a link by the Drudge Report feared, the salad bars will not be mandatory lunchtime eating for the nation's youngsters, not taxpayer-funded. If parents like Sarah Palin want their kids to eat cookies for lunch, no one is going to stop them. Of bigger concern has...
  • Teen charged after saying 'All blacks leave the store' on Whole Foods intercom

    04/13/2010 9:35:33 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 61 replies · 2,032+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 13, 2010
    EDGEWATER, N.J. — Police in northern New Jersey say a 14-year-old girl grabbed a supermarket microphone and announced, “All blacks leave the store.”
  • Whole Foods CEO Steps Down from Position

    12/27/2009 3:22:53 PM PST · by FromLori · 75 replies · 2,806+ views
    Benzinga ^ | 12/25/09 | N.J. Beachum
    The CEO for Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFMI) is relinquishing his chairman title. John Mackey is not only the CEO but also the co-founder of this company. He also held the title of chairman since 1978. After much petitioning by some of the shareholders, Mackey decided to voluntarily give up the title of "chairman" in an effort to keep peace and to appease the activist group. Taking his place will be John Elstrott, the current lead director. When Elstrott takes over as chairman, his previous position will be discontinued. Mackey will continue to be the company's CEO. One reason for...
  • What does Whole Foods have to do with health care?

    12/26/2009 2:59:04 AM PST · by mattstat · 3 replies · 552+ views
    It’s not too late to prevent the worst in health care. The Senate bill must still be force-fit to the House bill during reconciliation. We still have time to discuss what requiring a new health tax means. The opportunity to sway our masters, at least a little, still exists. Time might be out for Whole Food’s chief John Mackey, however, who earlier this year wrote an editorial for the Wall Street Journal in which he quoted Margret Thatcher: “The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.” The result: an 8.4 on the Richter scale...
  • Whole Foods Republicans [Big Tent?]

    12/13/2009 10:15:20 PM PST · by Steelfish · 36 replies · 1,142+ views
    Wall St. Journal ^ | December 13th 2009
    DECEMBER 13, 2009 Whole Foods Republicans The GOP needs to enlist voters who embrace a progressive lifestyle but not progressive politics. MICHAEL J. PETRILLI The Republican Party is resurgent—or so goes the conventional wisdom. With its gubernatorial victories in Virginia and New Jersey, an energized "tea party" base, and an administration overreaching on health care, climate change and spending, 2010 could shape up to be 1994 all over again. Maybe. The political landscape sure looks greener than it did a year ago, when talk of a permanent Democratic majority was omnipresent. But before John Boehner starts measuring the drapes in...

    10/19/2009 8:02:07 PM PDT · by TheFreedomPoster · 1 replies · 249+ views
    THE FREEDOM POST ^ | October 19, 2008 | TheCapitalist
    VIDEO'S: When he started his first organic food store in Austin, Texas in 1978, Whole Foods Market CEO and co-founder John Mackey had no idea that he would eventually usher in not just a revolution in how we shop but what we buy. If you dig being able to buy dozens of types of once-exotic apples, or cheese, or wine, or soaps, or countless other items, you can thank Mackey in part for helping to create cathedrals of commerce that have vastly enriched our day-to-day lives and vastly expanded our palates.

    10/16/2009 10:44:07 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 6 replies · 532+ views
    In August, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey argued in the pages of the Wall Street Journal that the solution to America's health care crisis was to be found in "less government control and more individual empowerment." His own company's unique health care plan, Mackey wrote, covers 90 percent of employees, costs less than health insurance plans, aned provides a "very high degree of worker satisfaction." But for the sin of not supporting a government take over of health care, labor unions and left-wing activists called for a boycott of Whole Foods, claiming that Mackey's solutions were unworkable and his employees...
  • The Conscience of a Capitalist (interview of Whole Foods CEO John Mackey on health care)

    10/03/2009 5:12:42 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies · 674+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 3, 2009 | Stephen Moore
    ... What Mr. Mackey is proposing is more or less what he has already implemented at his company—a plan that would allow more health savings accounts (HSAs), more low-premium, high-deductible plans, more incentives for wellness, and medical malpractice reform. None of these initiatives are in any of the Democratic bills winding their way through Congress. In fact, the Democrats want to kill HSAs and high-deductible plans and mandate coverage options that would inflate health insurance costs. The Whole Foods health-care story has been largely ignored by proponents of a government-run system. But it could be a template for those in...
  • Whole Foods opens Noe Valley store today

    09/30/2009 7:58:12 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies · 383+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/30/9 | Andrew S. Ross
    We don't know how eventful today's opening of a new Whole Foods Market in San Francisco's Noe Valley will be. There have been calls by Boycott Whole Foods supporters on Facebook to "raise a ruckus." Although the boycott movement, sparked by CEO John Mackey's opinion piece dissing health care reform, has faded, a "flash mob" entertained customers at an Oakland Whole Foods last week with megaphoned rants, jigs and a singsong that included the lyrics "Hey Mackey, you're a swine." We do know that mayoral candidate Bevan Dufty will be on hand to lead a morning bread-breaking ceremony. Dufty, the...
  • Whole Foods Haters Use Flash Mob Tactic

    09/27/2009 8:51:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies · 1,931+ views
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 9/27/09 | LORI PREUITT
    Whole Foods may seem like an unlikely target of liberals, but it is one of the current cause-celebs round these parts. Ever since the grocery store's CEO wrote a Wall Street Journal editorial that opposed President Barack Obama's health care reform bill, they have tried everything to get back at one John Mackey. If you've been to a Whole Foods lately you can attest to the fact that the call for a boycott isn't working. The parking lots remain packed and the lines are still long. This weekend in Oakland people who believe health care is a right tried a...
  • BUY-Cott to Support Whole Foods

    09/14/2009 9:10:20 PM PDT · by TenthAmendmentChampion · 21 replies · 780+ views ^ | September 11, 2009 | Me!
    Time: September 22, 2009 from 6pm to 7pm Location: Whole Foods Fig Garden Street: 650 W Shaw Ave City/Town: Fresno, CaliforniaWebsite or Map We will be having a BUY-Cott at our local Whole Foods Market to support their championing of a private health care system based on free-market principles. Come on down, there's a 5% discount waiting for you! Buy some great produce and meat, sample their awesome salad/soup/hot foods bar, with fresh sushi, pizza, sandwiches, a full-service deli, a cheese and olive bar, and even a seafood soup bar! We can carry our purchases outside and eat in the...