Beyond the Numbers

FORTUNE recently featured Whole Foods Market in its cover story:

How Whole Foods is Taking Over Americaexternal site

Whole Foods Market has borrowed from the playbook of traditional supermarkets while avoiding their pitfalls. It's built out a successful, value-oriented private-label program but has maintained a stringent list of banned ingredients. It has managed to keep its stores and inventory from being commoditized by localizing each location and perpetuating the novel idea that a visit to the grocery store can be not only painless but also pleasant...Continue Readingexternal site

 

New Stores & Acquisitions

Q2 Openings & Acquisitions announced

Jackson, MS

Opening date: 2/4/14
Store size: 35,000 square feet

Highlights: Jackson is WFM’s first store in the state of Mississippi! From downtown-style marquee signage and blown-up handwritten family recipes (from South Construction Coordinator and Mississippi native Mike Farish) on the wall in Prepared Foods to calling out the “Fertile Roots” of Mississippi in Produce, its décor really pulls in local elements. The Yazoo Bend Coffee & Taproom has a beautiful reclaimed wood floor and custom bar top, and with its wonderful beignets it’s a popular gathering place. Listener headset devices provided the ultimate tour experience for new shoppers. Intriguing new items: self-serve bulk smoked fish and sweet tea pickled shrimp!

 

New Orleans, LA (Broad Street)

Opening date: 2/4/14
Store size: 26,000 square feet

Highlights: This “locally inspired, community-driven” store anchors the ReFresh Project, a 60,000-square-foot development that aims to stimulate growth in the Broad Street commercial corridor. The tenant partners will work together to improve the community’s access to fresh, high-quality food and health-related programs. On opening day, songs and chants by Mardi Gras Indians kicked off the morning that also included an address by Mayor Landrieu and a special announcement by Co-CEO Walter Robb about the launch of Whole Cities Foundation. Store features: over 330 local products, two Healthy Eating Educators, a self-serve gumbo bar, an Art-o-mat and more.

 

London, England (Fulham Broadway)

Opening date: 4/8/14
Store size: 22,000 square feet

Highlights: UK’s 9th store is full of “flavours”! Fulbrew coffee bar has organic coffee and organic milk and uses the “pour over” method (one cup at a time). The bakery has 40 different varieties of in-house bread, made using only organic, unbleached flours milled in Gloucester­shire. The Broadway Kitchen and Bar serves fresh pasta, cheese toasties, in-house-made pickles and Spanish bar food – with over 100 British ales and beers available (four on draft). More: “Fill Your Flagon” station; N.Y.-style hand-tossed pizzas; a Pie Bar serving sweet and savory pies, tartlets and quiches; bulk frozen fruits and vegetables.

 

New Frontiers Acquisition

New Frontiers

Acquisition date: 4/24/14
Average size: 22,000 square feet

Highlights: WFM expands its presence to new markets in Arizona and California with its acquisition of four New Frontiers Natural Marketplace stores in Flagstaff, Prescott and Sedona, AZ; and San Luis Obispo, CA. The stores will continue to operate under the New Frontiers Natural Marketplace banner until they are re-signed as Whole Foods Market stores.

 

Foundations

Whole Planet | Whole Kids | Whole Cities

Whole Cities Foundation™ aims to broaden access to fresh, nutritious food and healthy-eating education

 

Quality Standards

We're dedicated to helping you make informed choices

These Tiny Fish May Cure Salmon Farming's Environmental Problemexternal site

Whole Foods' pesticide ban is changing salmon farming.

 
just label it

GMO transparency:
One year update from WFM

"We are serious about the claims made on the products you buy. Since we announced our GMO transparency goal last year, the Non-GMO Project has enrolled more than 10,000 products and verified 4,622 products, representing 1,500 different brands." – WFM's A.C. Gallo

 

Recognition

Honors and awards we've received

Whole Foods Market is No. 20 on FORTUNE's 'World's Most Admired Companies' list

FORTUNE once again listed Whole Foods Market among its World's Most Admired Companies. For 2014 we came in at #20 on the overall list of 50 companies and were ranked in the top 10 for innovation, social responsibility, people management and product quality. This year we were the most admired retailer in the food and drug store category!

 

Consumer Reports names WFM "Supermarket with the Best Food in America" external site

"Whether it's chicken from a local rancher a mile away, or bananas from across the globe, no other retailer has higher quality standards, knows more about where and how their products were produced, or provides more transparency to their shoppers." - WFM's Margaret Wittenberg

 

Whole Foods Market wins Shorty Award for best brand on Pinterest

Grocer honored for community engagement and creativity on social media

 

Dark Rye nominated for two 2014 James Beard Awards

Whole Foods Market's online magazine nominated for the second consecutive year

 

Margaret Wittenberg celebrated as natural and organic foods pioneer

Whole Foods Market's Wittenberg honored into Hall of Legends at Natural Products Expo West for passion and legacy in natural, organic and healthy living industry