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2014

  • April 10, 2014 - Whole Foods Market, Inc. Announces Second Quarter Earnings Conference Call and Webcast

    AUSTIN, TX (April 10, 2014) – Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: WFM) today announced it will issue financial results for the Company’s second fiscal quarter ending April 13, 2014, after the market closes on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Following the release via the wire services, the Company will host a conference call with financial analysts and investors from 4:00 - 4:30 p.m. (CT).

    To participate, dial 866-952-1906 (domestic) and 785-424-1825 (international). The conference ID is “Whole Foods.” Please dial in at least five minutes before the start of the conference call. A simultaneous audio webcast will be available through a link on the Company’s website at www.wholefoodsmarket.com. The webcast will be archived for a minimum of 30 days.

    About Whole Foods Market
    Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (wholefoodsmarket.com) is the leading retailer of natural and organic foods and America's first national “Certified Organic” grocer. In fiscal year 2013, the Company had sales of approximately $13 billion and currently has 374 stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Whole Foods Market employs more than 80,000 team members and has been ranked for 17 consecutive years as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by Fortune magazine.

  • March 5, 2014 - Whole Foods Market to Present at UBS Global Consumer Conference

    AUSTIN, TX (March 5, 2014) – Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: WFM) announced today that Walter Robb, co-Chief Executive Officer, will present at the UBS Global Consumer Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston, MA on March 12th at 8:00 a.m. (ET). The audio portion of the presentation will be webcast live and made available on the company’s website at: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/company-info/investor-relations/management-presentations.

    About Whole Foods Market
    Founded in 1978 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (wholefoodsmarket.com) is the leading retailer of natural and organic foods and America’s first national “Certified Organic” grocer. In fiscal year 2013, the Company had sales of approximately $13 billion and currently has over 373 stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Whole Foods Market employs more than 80,000 team members and has been ranked for 17 consecutive years as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by Fortune magazine.

  • February 12, 2014 - Whole Foods Market Reports First Quarter Results (pdf)

  • February 3, 2014 - Whole Foods Market Acquires Seven Dominick's Leases

    Transaction Significantly Expands Company's Chicagoland Presence

    AUSTIN, TX (February 3, 2014) – Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: WFM) today announced the acquisition of leases from Safeway Inc. for seven locations formerly operated as Dominick’s stores. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

    “We are incredibly excited about this opportunity to quickly and significantly expand our presence in the greater Chicago area,” said Michael Bashaw, Whole Foods Market Midwest Regional President. “These locations fit well with our 19 existing stores as well as the three stores currently in development. We plan to remodel each store to reflect its community and look forward to offering fresh, natural and organic foods to a broader base of Chicago customers."

    The Company expects the locations to remain closed for remodeling in 2014 and re-open as new Whole Foods Market stores in 2015. The transaction is expected to be slightly dilutive to earnings per share in fiscal year 2014, primarily due to the pre-opening rent associated with these new leases. The Company will announce its first quarter earnings on February 12, 2014 and will offer additional information at that time.

    The leases are for the following locations:

    • Edgewater, 6009 N. Broadway Avenue
    • Lincoln Park, 959 W. Fullerton Avenue
    • Streeterville, 255 E. Grand Avenue
    • West Loop, 1 N. Halsted Avenue
    • Elmhurst, 215 S. Route 83
    • Evanston, 2748 Green Bay Road
    • Willowbrook, 6300 S. Kingery Highway

    The Company has three stores in development in the Hyde Park and Englewood neighborhoods of Chicago and in Lake Forest with openings scheduled through calendar year 2017.

    About Whole Foods Market
    Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (wholefoodsmarket.com) is the leading retailer of natural and organic foods and America's first national “Certified Organic” grocer. In fiscal year 2013, the Company had sales of approximately $13 billion and currently has over 370 stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Whole Foods Market employs over 78,000 team members and has been ranked for 17 consecutive years as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by Fortune magazine.

  • January 15, 2014 - Whole Foods Market, Inc. Announces First Quarter Earnings Conference Call and Webcast

    AUSTIN, Texas – January 15, 2014. Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: WFM) today announced it will issue financial results for the Company’s first fiscal quarter ending January 19, 2014, after the market closes on Wednesday, February 12, 2014. Following the release via the wire services, the Company will host a conference call with financial analysts and investors from 4:00 - 4:30 p.m. (CT).

    To participate, dial 866-952-1906 (domestic) and 785-424-1825 (international). The conference ID is “Whole Foods.” Please dial in at least five minutes before the start of the conference call. A simultaneous audio webcast will be available through a link on the Company’s website at www.wholefoodsmarket.com/company/index.php. The webcast will be archived for a minimum of 30 days.

    About Whole Foods Market®

    Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (wholefoodsmarket.com) is the leading retailer of natural and organic foods and America's first national “Certified Organic” grocer. In fiscal year 2013, the Company had sales of approximately $13 billion and currently has over 370 stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Whole Foods Market employs over 78,000 team members and has been ranked for 17 consecutive years as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by Fortune magazine.

2013

  • November 6, 2013 - Whole Foods Market Reports Fourth Quarter Results (pdf)

  • October 9, 2013 - Whole Foods Market, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter Earnings Conference Call and Webcast

    AUSTIN, Texas – October 9, 2013. Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: WFM) today announced it will issue financial results for the Company’s fourth fiscal quarter ending September 29, 2013, after the market closes on Wednesday, November 6, 2013. Following the release via the wire services, the Company will host a conference call with financial analysts and investors from 4:00 - 4:30 p.m. (CT).

    To participate, dial 866-952-1906 (domestic) and 785-424-1825 (international). The conference ID is “Whole Foods.” Please dial in at least five minutes before the start of the conference call. A simultaneous audio webcast will be available through a link on the Company’s website at www.wholefoodsmarket.com/company-info/investor-relations/. The webcast will be archived for a minimum of 30 days.

    About Whole Foods Market®

    Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (wholefoodsmarket.com) is the leading retailer of natural and organic foods and America's first national “Certified Organic” grocer. In fiscal year 2012, the Company had sales of approximately $12 billion and currently has 364 stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Whole Foods Market employs approximately 76,000 team members and has been ranked for 16 consecutive years as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by Fortune magazine.

  • September 25, 2013 - Whole Foods Market to Present at Wells Fargo Securities Retail and Restaurants Summit

    Austin, Texas – September 25, 2013. Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: WFM) announced today that Walter Robb, co-Chief Executive Officer, will present at the Wells Fargo Securities Retail and Restaurants Summit at the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston, MA on October 2, 2013 at 9:40 a.m. (ET). The audio portion of the presentation will be webcast live and made available on the company’s website at: www.wholefoodsmarket.com/company-info/investor-relations/management-presentations.

    About Whole Foods Market
    Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (www.wholefoodsmarket.com) is the leading retailer of natural and organic foods and America's first national “Certified Organic” grocer. In fiscal year 2012, the Company had sales of approximately $12 billion and currently has 361 stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Whole Foods Market employs approximately 76,000 team members and has been ranked for 16 consecutive years as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by Fortune magazine.

  • July 31, 2013 - Whole Foods Market Reports Third Quarter Results (pdf)

  • July 1, 2013 - Whole Foods Market, Inc. Announces Third Quarter Earnings Conference Call and Webcast

    AUSTIN, Texas – July 1, 2013. Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: WFM) today announced it will issue financial results for the Company’s third fiscal quarter ending July 7, 2013, after the market closes on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Following the release via the wire services, the Company will host a conference call with financial analysts and investors from 4:00 – 4:30 p.m. (CDT).

    To participate, dial 866-952-1906 (domestic) and 785-424-1825 (international). The conference ID is “Whole Foods.” Please dial in at least five (5) minutes before the start of the conference call. A simultaneous audio webcast will be available through a link on the Company’s website at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/company-info/investor-relations. The webcast will be archived for a minimum of 30 days

    About Whole Foods Market®

    Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (wholefoodsmarket.com) is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” by Health magazine. The company's motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company’s more than 74,000 Team Members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine for 16 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2012, the company had sales of more than $11 billion and currently has 352 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

  • May 7, 2013 - Whole Foods Market Reports Second Quarter Results (pdf)

  • April 5, 2013 - Whole Foods Market, Inc. Announces Second Quarter Earnings Conference Call and Webcast

    AUSTIN, Texas – April 5, 2013. Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: WFM) today announced it will issue financial results for the Company’s second fiscal quarter ending April 14, 2013, after the market closes on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. Following the release via the wire services, the Company will host a conference call with financial analysts and investors from 4:00 – 4:30 p.m. (CDT).

    To participate, dial 866-952-1906 (domestic) and 785-424-1825 (international). The conference ID is “Whole Foods.” Please dial in at least five minutes before the start of the conference call. A simultaneous audio webcast will be available through a link on the Company’s website. The webcast will be archived for a minimum of 30 days.

    About Whole Foods Market®

    Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (wholefoodsmarket.com) is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” by Health magazine. The company's motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company’s more than 73,000 Team Members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine for 16 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2012, the company had sales of more than $11 billion and currently has 346 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

  • February 27, 2013 - Whole Foods Market to Present at Deutsche Bank’s dbAccess Consumer, Retail, Gaming & Lodging Conference on March 5, 2013

    AUSTIN, Texas – February 27, 2013. Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: WFM) announced today that the company will be presenting at Deutsche Bank’s dbAccess Consumer, Retail, Gaming & Lodging Conference at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston, MA. Co-chief executive officer Walter Robb will address investors at 1:05 p.m. (EST) on March 5, 2013. A live webcast of the presentation will be available on the company’s website at: www.wholefoodsmarket.com/company-info/investor-relations/management-presentations

    About Whole Foods Market®

    Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (www.wholefoodsmarket.com) is the leading retailer of natural and organic foods and America's first national “Certified Organic” grocer. In fiscal year 2012, the Company had sales of approximately $12 billion and currently has over 345 stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Whole Foods Market employs approximately 73,000 team members and has been ranked for 16 consecutive years as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by Fortune magazine.

  • February 13, 2013 - Whole Foods Market Reports First Quarter Results (pdf)

  • January 16, 2013 - Whole Foods Market, Inc. Announces First Quarter Earnings Conference Call and Webcast

    AUSTIN, Texas – January 16, 2013. Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: WFM) today announced it will issue financial results for the Company’s first fiscal quarter ending January 20, 2013, after the market closes on Wednesday, February 13, 2013. Following the release via the wire services, the Company will host a conference call with financial analysts and investors from 4:00 – 4:30 p.m. (CT).

    To participate, dial 866-952-1906 (domestic) and 785-424-1825 (international). The conference ID is “Whole Foods.” Please dial in at least five minutes before the start of the conference call. A simultaneous audio webcast will be available through a link on the Company’s website. The webcast will be archived for a minimum of 30 days.

    About Whole Foods Market®

    Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (wholefoodsmarket.com) is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” by Health magazine. The company’s motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company’s more than 72,000 Team Members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine for 15 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2012, the company had sales of more than $11 billion and currently has 344 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

2012

  • November 29, 2012 - Whole Foods Market Announces Special Cash Dividend of $2.00 per Share

    AUSTIN, Texas = November 29, 2012. Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: WFM) announced that its Board of Directors has declared a special cash dividend on Whole Foods Market common stock of $2.00 per share payable December 21, 2012, to shareholders of record on the close of business on December 10, 2012. The aggregate amount of payment to be made in connection with this special dividend will be approximately $370 million.

    “Today’s announcement of a $2 special dividend, payable prior to the end of the calendar year, provides us with another opportunity to return capital to our shareholders,” said John Mackey, co-founder and co-chief executive officer of Whole Foods Market. “We believe we will continue to generate strong cash flows and are confident in our ability to maintain a healthy cash reserve, internally fund our accelerated growth plans, and continue our quarterly dividend and stock repurchase programs.”

    The special dividend is in addition to the Company's regular quarterly cash dividend of $.20 per share that was declared on November 7, 2012. This regular quarterly dividend will be paid January 29, 2013, to shareholders of record at the close of business on January 18, 2013.

    About Whole Foods Market

    Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (www.wholefoodsmarket.com) is the leading retailer of natural and organic foods and America's first national “Certified Organic” grocer. In fiscal year 2012, the Company had sales of approximately $12 billion and currently has over 340 stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Whole Foods Market employs over 70,000 Team Members and has been ranked for 15 consecutive years as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by Fortune magazine.

    Forward-looking statements

    The following constitutes a "Safe Harbor" statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, which could cause our actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. These risks include general business conditions, changes in overall economic conditions that impact consumer spending, including fuel prices and housing market trends, the impact of competition and other risks detailed from time to time in the SEC reports of Whole Foods Market, including Whole Foods Market's report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2012. Whole Foods Market undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements.

  • November 20, 2012 - Whole Foods Market Announces $300 Million Increase in Stock Buyback Authorization

    Increase Brings Total Authority to $471 Million, or Approximately 3% of Shares Outstanding

    AUSTIN, Texas – November 20, 2012. Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: WFM) announced that its Board of Directors has approved an additional $300 million of stock buyback authority through December 31, 2014. The Company has approximately $171 million of authority remaining under its existing program through November 1, 2013. The Company had approximately 185.5 million shares outstanding as of November 16, 2012. The $471 million combined authorization represents approximately three percent of shares outstanding at the current stock price.

    “With $1.3 billion in available cash, we are well positioned to maintain a healthy cash reserve while internally funding our accelerated new store growth plans,” said Walter Robb, co-chief executive officer of Whole Foods Market. “We recently announced a 43 percent increase in our quarterly dividend to $0.20 per share and plan to create additional value for our shareholders through utilization of our stock repurchase authority which now stands at $471 million.”

    Purchases can be made from time to time using a variety of methods, which may include open market purchases or purchases through a Rule 10b5-1 trading plan, all in accordance with Securities and Exchange Commission and other applicable legal requirements. The specific timing, price and size of purchases will depend on prevailing stock prices, general economic and market conditions, and other considerations. The repurchase program does not obligate the Company to acquire any particular amount of common stock, and may be suspended or discontinued at any time at the Company’s discretion.

    About Whole Foods Market

    Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (www.wholefoodsmarket.com) is the leading retailer of natural and organic foods and America's first national “Certified Organic” grocer. In fiscal year 2012, the Company had sales of approximately $12 billion and currently has 343 stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Whole Foods Market employs over 70,000 Team Members and has been ranked for 15 consecutive years as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by Fortune magazine.

    Forward-looking statements

    The following constitutes a "Safe Harbor" statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, which could cause our actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. These risks include general business conditions, changes in overall economic conditions that impact consumer spending, including fuel prices and housing market trends, the impact of competition and other risks detailed from time to time in the SEC reports of Whole Foods Market, including Whole Foods Market's report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 25, 2011. Whole Foods Market undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements.

  • November 20, 2012 - Leonard Green & Partners Files Schedule 13D Disclosing Distribution of Whole Foods Market Common Shares

    Mr. Sokoloff and Mr. Seiffer to remain on Whole Foods Market’s Board of Directors

    AUSTIN, Texas – November 20, 2012. Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: WFM) today announced that Leonard Green & Partners, L.P. has filed a Schedule 13D announcing the distribution of approximately 11 million Whole Foods Market common shares to its limited partners and members. The 11 million shares represent approximately 6% of Whole Foods Market’s 185.5 million outstanding common shares.

    “Whole Foods Market has been one of the best investments in our firm’s history,” said Jonathan D. Sokoloff, Managing Partner at Leonard Green & Partners, L.P. “We have decided to distribute these shares so that each of our investors can make their own independent decision regarding their level of participation as a shareholder in Whole Foods’ future growth. We have tremendous respect for the leadership team and look forward to continuing to serve on the Board of Directors.”

    About Whole Foods Market

    Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (www.wholefoodsmarket.com) is the leading retailer of natural and organic foods and America's first national “Certified Organic” grocer. In fiscal year 2012, the Company had sales of approximately $12 billion and currently has 343 stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Whole Foods Market employs over 70,000 Team Members and has been ranked for 15 consecutive years as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by Fortune magazine.

    Forward-looking statements

    The following constitutes a "Safe Harbor" statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, which could cause our actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. These risks include general business conditions, changes in overall economic conditions that impact consumer spending, including fuel prices and housing market trends, the impact of competition and other risks detailed from time to time in the SEC reports of Whole Foods Market, including Whole Foods Market's report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 25, 2011. Whole Foods Market undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements.

  • November 7, 2012 - Whole Foods Market Reports Fourth Quarter Results (pdf)

  • October 26, 2012 - Whole Foods Market® Acquires Leases to Six Johnnie’s Foodmaster Locations

    Company to expand presence in Greater Boston to 26 stores

    AUSTIN, Texas – October 26, 2012. Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: WFM) today announced an agreement to purchase six leases from Johnnie’s Foodmaster, a family-owned grocery chain based in Chelsea, Massachusetts. The transaction is expected to close November 30, 2012. Johnnie’s Foodmaster will close all six locations prior to the closing date.

    The six leases include South Weymouth, Arlington, Charlestown, Brookline, Melrose and Somerville and average 31,000 square feet in size. Whole Foods Market intends to remodel each location, with the goal of reopening all six stores before the end of its 2013 fiscal year. Whole Foods Market does not expect the transaction to be material to sales or earnings for fiscal year 2013.

    “To have the opportunity to sell to a company like Whole Foods Market has made a tough decision much easier,” said John DeJesus, president of Johnnie’s Foodmaster. “I know that my employees and our loyal customers are in the best hands, and that the communities will benefit greatly from the product selection and shopping experience that Whole Foods Market offers.”

    “We are so pleased that Mr. DeJesus has given us this opportunity at a time when we are looking to expand our presence in greater Boston,” said Laura Derba, president of Whole Foods Market’s North Atlantic region. “Like Foodmaster, Whole Foods Market has a long history of supporting the communities we serve, and we are excited to bring our fresh, quality foods at affordable prices to these six new market areas.”

    The terms of the agreement are not being disclosed, but as part of the agreement, Whole Foods Market has guaranteed interviews to all Johnnie’s Foodmaster employees at the six acquired locations with the goal of hiring as many as possible.

    On November 7, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. CT, the Company will be hosting its fourth quarter earnings conference call and will address any investor-related questions regarding today’s announcement at that time.  The dial-in number is (866) 952-1906, and the conference ID is “Whole Foods.”  A simultaneous audio webcast will be available at www.wholefoodsmarket.com/company-info/investor-relations

    About Whole Foods Market®

    Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (wholefoodsmarket.com, NASDAQ: WFM), is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” by Health magazine. The company's motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company’s more than 72,000 Team Members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine for 15 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2011, the company had sales of more than $10 billion and currently has 339 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

  • October 10, 2012 - Whole Foods Market, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter Earnings Conference Call and Webcast

    AUSTIN, Texas – October 10, 2012. Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: WFM) today announced it will issue financial results for the Company’s fourth fiscal quarter ending September 30, 2012, after the market closes on Wednesday, November 7, 2012. Following the release via the wire services, the Company will host a conference call with financial analysts and investors from 4:00 – 4:30 p.m. (CT).

    To participate, dial 866-952-1906 (domestic) and 785-424-1825 (international). The conference ID is “Whole Foods.” Please dial in at least five minutes before the start of the conference call. A simultaneous audio webcast will be available through a link on the Company’s website. The webcast will be archived for a minimum of 30 days.

    About Whole Foods Market®

    Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (wholefoodsmarket.com) is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” by Health magazine. The company's motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company’s more than 67,000 Team Members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine for 15 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2011, the company had sales of more than $10 billion and currently has 335 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

  • August 10, 2012 - Whole Foods Market to Present at Canaccord Genuity 32nd Annual Growth Conference on August 14, 2012

    AUSTIN, Texas – August 10, 2012. Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: WFM) will participate in the Canaccord Genuity 32nd Annual Growth Conference in Boston. Co-CEO Walter Robb will address investors at approximately 9:00 a.m. (ET) on Tuesday, August 14th. A live audio webcast of the presentation will be available over the Internet on the company's website at: http://wholefoodsmarket.com/company-info/investor-relations/management-presentations

    About Whole Foods Market®

    Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (wholefoodsmarket.com) is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” by Health magazine. The company's motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company’s more than 67,000 Team Members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine for 15 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2011, the company had sales of more than $10 billion and currently has 329 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

  • July 25, 2012 - Whole Foods Market Reports Third Quarter Results (pdf)

  • June 27, 2012 - Whole Foods Market, Inc. Announces Third Quarter Earnings Conference Call and Webcast

    AUSTIN, Texas – June 27, 2012. Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: WFM) today announced it will issue financial results for the Company’s third fiscal quarter ending July 1, 2012, after the market closes on Wednesday, July 25, 2012. Following the release via the wire services, the Company will host a conference call with financial analysts and investors from 4:00 – 4:30 p.m. (CT).

    To participate, dial 866-952-1906 (domestic) and 785-424-1825 (international). The conference ID is “Whole Foods.” Please dial in at least five minutes before the start of the conference call. A simultaneous audio webcast will be available through a link on the Company’s website. The webcast will be archived for a minimum of 30 days.

    About Whole Foods Market®

    Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (wholefoodsmarket.com) is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” by Health magazine. The company's motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company’s more than 67,000 Team Members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine for 15 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2011, the company had sales of more than $10 billion and currently has 329 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

  • May 2, 2012 - Whole Foods Market Reports Second Quarter Results (pdf)

  • April 4, 2012 - Whole Foods Market, Inc. Announces Second Quarter Earnings Conference Call and Webcast

    AUSTIN, Texas – April 4, 2012. Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: WFM) today announced it will issue financial results for the Company’s second fiscal quarter ending April 8, 2012, after the market closes on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. Following the release via the wire services, the Company will host a conference call with financial analysts and investors from 4:00 – 4:30 p.m. (CT).

    To participate, dial 800-862-9098 (domestic) and 785-424-1051 (international). The conference ID is “Whole Foods.” Please dial in at least five minutes before the start of the conference call. A simultaneous audio webcast will be available through a link on the Company’s website. The webcast will be archived for a minimum of 30 days.

    About Whole Foods Market®

    Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (wholefoodsmarket.com) is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” by Health magazine. The company’s motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company’s more than 65,000 Team Members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine for 15 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2011, the company had sales of more than $10 billion and currently has 320 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

  • February 8, 2012 - Whole Foods Market Reports First Quarter Results (pdf)

  • January 11, 2012 - Whole Foods Market, Inc. Announces First Quarter Earnings Conference Call and Webcast

    AUSTIN, Texas – January 11, 2012. Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: WFM) today announced it will issue financial results for the Company’s first fiscal quarter ending January 15, 2012, after the market closes on Wednesday, February 8, 2012. Following the release via the wire services, the Company will host a conference call with financial analysts and investors from 4:00 – 4:45 p.m. (CT).

    To participate, dial (800) 862-9098 (domestic) and (785) 424-1051 (international). The conference ID is “Whole Foods.” Please dial in at least five minutes before the start of the conference call. A simultaneous audio webcast will be available through a link on the Company’s website. The webcast will be archived for a minimum of 30 days.

    About Whole Foods Market®

    Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (wholefoodsmarket.com) is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” by Health magazine. The company’s motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company’s more than 64,000 Team Members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine for 14 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2011, the company had sales of more than $10 billion and currently has more than 315 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

2011

  • November 2, 2011 - Whole Foods Market Reports Fourth Quarter Results (pdf)

  • October 5, 2011 - Whole Foods Market Announces Fourth Quarter Earnings Conference Call and Webcast

    AUSTIN, Texas – October 5, 2011. Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: WFM) today announced it will issue financial results for the Company's fourth fiscal quarter ending September 25, 2011, after the market closes on Wednesday, November 2, 2011. Following the release via the wire services, the Company will host a conference call with financial analysts and investors from 4:00 – 4:45 p.m. (CT).

    To participate, dial (800) 862-9098 (domestic) and (785) 424-1051 (international). The conference ID is "Whole Foods." Please dial in at least five minutes before the start of the conference call. A simultaneous audio webcast will be available through a link on the Company’s website. The webcast will be archived for a minimum of 30 days.

    About Whole Foods Market®

    Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (wholefoodsmarket.com), is the leading natural and organic food retailer. The company's motto, "Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet"™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company's more than 60,000 Team Members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" in America by FORTUNE magazine for 14 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2010, the company had sales of more than $9 billion and currently has more than 310 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

  • September 1, 2011 - Whole Foods Market to Present at Goldman Sachs 18th Annual Global Retailing Conference

    AUSTIN, Texas – September 1, 2011. Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: WFM) will participate in the Goldman Sachs 18th Annual Global Retailing Conference in New York City. Co-CEO Walter Robb will address investors at approximately 3:20 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, September 7, 2011. A simultaneous audio webcast will be available through a link on the Company’s website.

    About Whole Foods Market®

    Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (www.wholefoodsmarket.com), is the leading natural and organic food retailer. The company's motto, "Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet"™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company's more than 60,000 Team Members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" in America by FORTUNE magazine for 14 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2010, the company had sales of more than $9 billion and currently has more than 300 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

  • July 27, 2011 - Whole Foods Market Reports Third Quarter Results (pdf)

  • June 29, 2011 - Whole Foods Market, Inc. Announces Third Quarter Earnings Conference Call and Webcast

    AUSTIN, Texas – June 29, 2011. Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: WFM) today announced it will issue financial results for the Company's third fiscal quarter ending July 3, 2011, after the market closes on Wednesday, July 27, 2011. Following the release via the wire services, the Company will host a conference call with financial analysts and investors from 4:00 – 4:45 p.m. (CT).

    To participate, dial (800) 894-5910 (domestic) and (785) 424-1052 (international). The conference ID is "Whole Foods." Please dial in at least five minutes before the start of the conference call. A simultaneous audio webcast will be available through a link on the Company’s website. The webcast will be archived for a minimum of 30 days.

    About Whole Foods Market®

    Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (www.wholefoodsmarket.com, NASDAQ: WFMI), is the leading natural and organic food retailer. The company's motto, "Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet"™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company's more than 60,000 Team Members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" in America by FORTUNE magazine for 14 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2010, the company had sales of more than $9 billion and currently has more than 300 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

  • May 4, 2011 - Whole Foods Market Reports Second Quarter Results (pdf)

  • April 6, 2011 - Whole Foods Market, Inc. Announces Second Quarter Earnings Conference Call and Webcast

    AUSTIN, Texas – April 6, 2011. Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: WFMI) today announced it will issue financial results for the Company's second fiscal quarter ending April 10, 2011, after the market closes on Wednesday, May 4, 2011. Following the release via the wire services, the Company will host a conference call with financial analysts and investors from 4:00 – 4:45 p.m. (CT).

    To participate, dial (800) 862-9098 (domestic) and (785) 424-1051 (international). The conference ID is "Whole Foods." Please dial in at least five minutes before the start of the conference call. A simultaneous audio webcast will be available through a link on the Company’s website. The webcast will be archived for a minimum of 30 days.

    About Whole Foods Market®

    Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (www.wholefoodsmarket.com, NASDAQ: WFMI), is the leading natural and organic food retailer. The company's motto, "Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet"™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company's more than 58,000 Team Members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" in America by FORTUNE magazine for 14 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2010, the company had sales of more than $9 billion and currently has more than 300 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

  • February 9, 2011 - Whole Foods Market Reports First Quarter Results (pdf)

  • January 12, 2011 - Whole Foods Market, Inc. Announces First Quarter Earnings Conference Call and Webcast

    AUSTIN, Texas – January 12, 2011. Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: WFMI) today announced it will issue financial results for the Company's first fiscal quarter ending January 16, 2011, after the market closes on Wednesday, February 9, 2011. Following the release via the wire services, the Company will host a conference call with financial analysts and investors from 4:00 – 4:45 p.m. (CT).

    To participate, dial (800) 894-5910 (domestic) and (785) 424-1052 (international). The conference ID is "Whole Foods." Please dial in at least five minutes before the start of the conference call. A simultaneous audio webcast will be available through a link on the Company’s website. The webcast will be archived for a minimum of 30 days.

    About Whole Foods Market®

    Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (www.wholefoodsmarket.com, NASDAQ: WFMI), is the leading natural and organic food retailer. The company's motto, "Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet"™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company's more than 58,000 Team Members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" in America by FORTUNE magazine for 13 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2010, the company had sales of more than $9 billion and currently has more than 300 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

2010

  • December 8, 2010 - Whole Foods Market Reinstates Quarterly Cash Dividend

    December 8, 2010. Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: WFMI) today announced that its Board of Directors has approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.10 per share. The first dividend will be payable January 20, 2011 to shareholders of record at the close of business on January 10, 2011. This represents a quarterly payout of approximately $17 million, or $69 million on an annualized basis. Subject to capital availability and a determination that cash dividends continue to be in the best interest of the Company's shareholders, it is the intention of the Board of Directors to pay a quarterly dividend on an ongoing basis.

    The Company recently announced its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2010 results. The Company's solid financial performance and capital expense discipline have resulted in a consistent generation of free cash flow and a healthy balance sheet. For the fiscal year, the Company produced $585.3 million in cash flow from operations and invested $256.8 million in capital expenditures resulting in free cash flow of $328.5 million. At the end of the quarter and fiscal year, total cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash, and investments were $644.7 million, and total debt was $508.7 million. Subsequent to the close of the fourth quarter, the Company repaid $100 million of its term loan maturing in August 2012, leaving $390 million outstanding. In addition, the Company currently has $342.9 million available on its credit line, net of $7.1 million in outstanding letters of credit.

    "The Company's favorable financial position and long-term outlook give us the confidence to reinstate our quarterly cash dividend," said John Elstrott, chairman of the board of directors of Whole Foods Market. "As a company with significant future growth opportunities, we are fortunate to have sufficient cash on hand and predictable cash flow allowing us to pay off our debt, accelerate our growth, and also return cash to our shareholders."

    About Whole Foods Market

    Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (www.wholefoodsmarket.com) is the leading natural and organic foods supermarket, and America's first national certified organic grocer. In fiscal year 2010, the Company had sales of approximately $9.0 billion and currently has 302 stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Whole Foods Market employs approximately 58,000 Team Members and has been ranked for 13 consecutive years as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" in America by Fortune magazine.

    Forward-looking statements

    The following constitutes a "Safe Harbor" statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, which could cause our actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. These risks include general business conditions, changes in overall economic conditions that impact consumer spending, including fuel prices and housing market trends, the impact of competition, changes in the Company's access to available capital, and other risks detailed from time to time in the SEC reports of Whole Foods Market, including Whole Foods Market's report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 26, 2010. Whole Foods Market undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements.

  • November 3, 2010 - Whole Foods Market Reports Fourth Quarter Results (pdf)

  • October 6, 2010 - Whole Foods Market, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter Earnings Conference Call and Webcast

    AUSTIN, Texas – October 6, 2010. Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: WFMI) today announced it will issue financial results for the Company's fourth fiscal quarter ended September 26, 2010, after the market closes on Wednesday, November 3, 2010. Following the release via the wire services, the Company will host a conference call with financial analysts and investors beginning at 4:00 p.m. (CT).

    To participate, dial (800) 862-9098 (domestic) and (785) 424-1051 (international). The conference ID is "Whole Foods." Please dial in at least five minutes before the start of the conference call. A simultaneous audio webcast will be available through a link on the Company’s website. The webcast will be archived for a minimum of 30 days.

    About Whole Foods Market

    Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (www.wholefoodsmarket.com) is the world's leading natural and organic foods supermarket and America's first national certified organic grocer. In fiscal year 2009, the Company had sales of $8 billion and currently has 300 stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Whole Foods Market employs more than 55,000 Team Members and has been ranked for 13 consecutive years as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" in America by Fortune magazine.

  • August 3, 2010 - Whole Foods Market Reports Third Quarter Results (pdf)

  • July 6, 2010 - Whole Foods Market, Inc. Announces Third Quarter Earnings Conference Call and Webcast

    AUSTIN, Texas – July 6, 2010. Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: WFMI) today announced it will issue financial results for the Company's third fiscal quarter ended July 4, 2010, after the market closes on Tuesday, August 3, 2010. Following the release via the wire services, the Company will host a conference call with financial analysts and investors beginning at 4:00 p.m. (CT).

    To participate, dial (800) 862-9098 (domestic) and (785) 424-1051 (international). The conference ID is "Whole Foods." Please dial in at least five minutes before the start of the conference call. A simultaneous audio webcast will be available through a link on the Company’s website. The webcast will be archived for a minimum of 30 days.

    About Whole Foods Market

    Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (www.wholefoodsmarket.com) is the world's leading natural and organic foods supermarket and America's first national certified organic grocer. In fiscal year 2009, the Company had sales of $8 billion and currently has 300 stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Whole Foods Market employs more than 55,000 Team Members and has been ranked for 13 consecutive years as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" in America by Fortune magazine.

  • May 12, 2010 - Whole Foods Market Announces Executive Management Promotions - Solidifies Executive Leadership Team for the Future

    May 12, 2010. Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: WFMI) today announced the promotions by the Board of Directors of Walter Robb and A.C. Gallo. Mr. Robb and Mr. Gallo have shared the roles of president and chief operating officer since October 2004. Effective immediately, Mr. Robb will become co-chief executive officer and will join the Company's Board of Directors. Mr. Gallo will serve as the Company's sole president and chief operating officer.

    John Mackey, co-founder of Whole Foods Market, will continue as co-chief executive officer, serving alongside Mr. Robb. The Company's Executive Team, consisting of Mr. Mackey, Mr. Robb, Mr. Gallo, Glenda Chamberlain, executive vice president and chief financial officer, and Jim Sud, executive vice president of growth and business development, has worked closely together since 2001 and will continue their collaborative style of leadership and decision-making. Mr. Robb and Mr. Gallo will continue to share oversight of the Company's 12 operating regions as well as purchasing, distribution, marketing and quality standards.

    "Walter and A.C. are brilliant retailers, and their contributions to Whole Foods Market's success have been immeasurable. Due in large part to their operational leadership, we successfully managed through 2009, the most difficult year in our company's 30-year history," said Mr. Mackey. "In proposing these changes to our Board of Directors, my goal was to establish the structure necessary to solidify our executive leadership team for what is hopefully many years to come. While our company has achieved much over our 30-year history, we believe the best is yet to come for Whole Foods Market and want to work together to see our collective vision realized."

    About Walter Robb

    After 14 years in the natural foods business as a retailer and consultant, Walter Robb joined Whole Foods Market in December 1991, after selling his operating lease for the future Mill Valley store to the Company. He opened and operated the Mill Valley store as store team leader until his promotion to president of the Northern Pacific Region in July 1993. Under his leadership, the region grew from two to 17 stores, completed four acquisitions, and was a top-performing region for five years. Mr. Robb joined the Executive Team as executive vice president of operations in 2001. He was named co-chief operating officer in 2003 and co-president in 2004. As co-president and co-chief operating officer, Mr. Robb oversaw six of the Company's 12 regions as well as purchasing, marketing, distribution and quality standards.

    About A.C. Gallo

    Growing up in a food-retailing family, A.C. Gallo learned early about quality food and the importance of food presentation. For 15 years, Mr. Gallo worked at Bread & Circus which subsequently was acquired by the Company in 1992. Mr. Gallo was promoted to vice president of the Northeast Region in 1994 and then to president in 1996. During his tenure, the Northeast region grew from eight stores to 16, including two acquisitions, and the Company opened its first store in New York City. Mr. Gallo joined the executive leadership team as executive vice president of operations in 2001. He was named co-chief operating officer in 2003 and co-president in 2004. As co-president and co-chief operating officer, Mr. Gallo oversaw six of the Company's 12 regions as well as purchasing, marketing, distribution and quality standards.

    About Whole Foods Market

    Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (www.wholefoodsmarket.com) is the leading natural and organic foods supermarket, and America's first national certified organic grocer. In fiscal year 2009, the Company had sales of approximately $8 billion and currently has 295 stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Whole Foods Market employs approximately 55,000 Team Members and has been ranked for 13 consecutive years as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" in America by Fortune magazine.

    Forward-looking statements

    The following constitutes a "Safe Harbor" statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, which could cause our actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. These risks include general business conditions, changes in overall economic conditions that impact consumer spending, including fuel prices and housing market trends, the impact of competition, changes in the Company's access to available capital, and other risks detailed from time to time in the SEC reports of Whole Foods Market, including Whole Foods Market's report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 27, 2009. Whole Foods Market undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements.

  • May 12, 2010 - Whole Foods Market Reports Second Quarter Results (pdf)

  • April 14, 2010 - Whole Foods Market, Inc. Announces Second Quarter Earnings Conference Call and Webcast

    AUSTIN, Texas – April 14, 2010. Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: WFMI) today announced it will issue financial results for the Company's second fiscal quarter ended April 11, 2010, after the market closes on Wednesday, May 12, 2010. Following the release via the wire services, the Company will host a conference call with financial analysts and investors beginning at 4:00 p.m. (CT).

    To participate, dial (800) 862-9098 (domestic) and (785) 424-1051 (international). The conference ID is "Whole Foods." Please dial in at least five minutes before the start of the conference call. A simultaneous audio webcast will be available through a link on the Company’s website. The webcast will be archived for a minimum of 30 days.

    About Whole Foods Market

    Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (www.wholefoodsmarket.com) is the world's leading natural and organic foods supermarket and America's first national certified organic grocer. In fiscal year 2009, the Company had sales of $8 billion and currently has 292 stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Whole Foods Market employs more than 53,500 Team Members and has been ranked for 13 consecutive years as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" in America by Fortune magazine.

  • February 16, 2010 - Whole Foods Market Reports First Quarter Results (pdf)

  • January 20, 2010 - Whole Foods Market, Inc. Announces First Quarter Earnings Conference Call and Webcast

    AUSTIN, Texas – January 20, 2010. Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: WFMI) today announced it will issue financial results for the Company's first fiscal quarter ended January 17, 2010, after the market closes on Tuesday, February 16, 2010. Following the release via the wire services, the Company will host a conference call with financial analysts and investors beginning at 4:00 p.m. (CST).

    To participate, dial (800) 862-9098 (domestic) and (785) 424-1051 (international). The conference ID is "Whole Foods." Please dial in at least five minutes before the start of the conference call. A simultaneous audio webcast will be available through a link on the Company’s website. The webcast will be archived for a minimum of 30 days.

    About Whole Foods Market

    Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (www.wholefoodsmarket.com) is the world's leading natural and organic foods supermarket and America's first national certified organic grocer. In fiscal year 2009, the Company had sales of $8 billion and currently has 289 stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Whole Foods Market employs more than 53,500 Team Members and has been ranked for 12 consecutive years as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" in America by Fortune magazine.

2009

  • November 4, 2009 - Whole Foods Market Reports Fourth Quarter Results (pdf)

  • October 7, 2009 - Whole Foods Market, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter Earnings Conference Call and Webcast

    AUSTIN, Texas – October 7, 2009. Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ Global Select Market: WFMI) today announced that it will issue financial results for the Company's fourth fiscal quarter ended September 27, 2009, after the market closes on Wednesday, November 4, 2009. Following the release via the wire services, the Company will also host a conference call with financial analysts and investors at 4:00 p.m. (CST).

    To participate, dial (800) 862-9098 (domestic) and (785) 424-1051 (international). The conference ID is "Whole Foods." Please dial in at least five minutes before the start of the conference call. A simultaneous audio webcast will be available through a link on the Company’s website. The webcast will be archived for a minimum of 30 days.

    About Whole Foods Market

    Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (www.wholefoodsmarket.com) is the world's leading natural and organic foods supermarket and America's first national certified organic grocer. In fiscal year 2008, the Company had sales of $8 billion and currently has 286 stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Whole Foods Market employs more than 53,000 Team Members and has been ranked for 12 consecutive years as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" in America by Fortune magazine.

  • August 4, 2009 - Whole Foods Market Reports Third Quarter Results (pdf)

  • July 7, 2009 - Whole Foods Market, Inc. Announces Third Quarter Earnings Conference Call and Webcast

    AUSTIN, Texas – July 7, 2009. Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ Global Select Market: WFMI) today announced that it will issue financial results for the Company's third fiscal quarter ended July 5, 2009, after the market closes on Tuesday, August 4, 2009. Following the release via the wire services, the Company will also host a conference call with financial analysts and investors at 4:00 p.m. (CDT).

    To participate, dial (800) 862-9098 (domestic) and (785) 424-1051 (international). The conference ID is "Whole Foods." Please dial in at least five minutes before the start of the conference call. A simultaneous audio webcast will be available through a link on the Company’s website. The webcast will be archived for a minimum of 30 days.

    About Whole Foods Market

    Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (www.wholefoodsmarket.com) is the world's leading natural and organic foods supermarket and America's first national certified organic grocer. In fiscal year 2008, the Company had sales of $8 billion and currently has 281 stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Whole Foods Market employs more than 53,000 Team Members and has been ranked for 12 consecutive years as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" in America by Fortune magazine.

  • May 13, 2009 - Whole Foods Market Reports Second Quarter Results (pdf)

  • April 15, 2009 - Whole Foods Market, Inc. Announces Second Quarter Earnings Conference Call and Webcast

    AUSTIN, Texas – April 15, 2009. Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ Global Select Market: WFMI) today announced that it will issue financial results for the Company's second fiscal quarter ended April 12, 2009, after the market closes on Wednesday, May 13, 2009. Following the release via the wire services, the Company will also host a conference call with financial analysts and investors at 4:00 p.m. (CDT).

    To participate, dial (800) 862-9098 (domestic) and (785) 424-1051 (international). The conference ID is "Whole Foods." Please dial in at least five minutes before the start of the conference call. A simultaneous audio webcast will be available through a link on the Company’s website. The webcast will be archived for a minimum of 30 days.

    About Whole Foods Market

    Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (www.wholefoodsmarket.com) is the world's leading natural and organic foods supermarket and America's first national certified organic grocer. In fiscal year 2008, the Company had sales of $8 billion and currently has over 276 stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Whole Foods Market employs more than 53,000 Team Members and has been ranked for 12 consecutive years as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" in America by Fortune magazine.

  • March 6, 2009 - Whole Foods Market® and FTC Reach Settlement

    AUSTIN, TX. March 6, 2009 — Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: WFMI) today announced it has reached a settlement agreement resolving the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) antitrust challenge to Whole Foods Market's August 2007 acquisition of Wild Oats Markets, Inc.

    Pursuant to FTC protocol, the settlement agreement has been placed on public record for a 30-day comment period ending April 6, 2009, after which the FTC will issue a final ruling. Under the terms of the agreement, a third-party divestiture trustee has been appointed to market for sale:

    • leases and related assets for 19 non-operating former Wild Oats stores, 10 of which were closed by Wild Oats prior to the merger and nine of which were closed by Whole Foods Market;

    • leases and related fixed assets (excluding inventory) for 12 operating acquired Wild Oats stores and one operating Whole Foods Market store; and

    • Wild Oats® trademarks and other intellectual property associated with the Wild Oats stores.

    The divestiture trustee will have six months to market the assets to be divested. For any good faith offers that are not finalized by the divestiture trustee during the six-month period, an extension of up to six months may be granted. This twelve month period may be further extended to allow the FTC to approve any purchase agreements submitted within that time period. The only other obligations on the Company imposed by the settlement agreement are in support of the divestiture trustee process.

    "We are pleased to have reached a mutually-satisfactory agreement with the FTC. We believe it was in the best interests of all our stakeholders to resolve this matter so we can dedicate our full attention to selling the highest quality foods available in our inviting store environments," said John Mackey, chairman, chief executive officer, and co-founder of Whole Foods Market. "It will be business as usual in the 13 operating stores to be marketed for sale. We are committed to serving our shoppers by continuing to operate these stores in the manner our customers deserve and expect. We will be offering Team Members in stores that are sold the choice of either a guaranteed job offer in another store or an enhanced severance package."

    After receiving final approval by the FTC, which is expected prior to April 30, 2009, the Company expects to record a non-cash charge of approximately $19 million or less relating to the potential sale of the 13 operating stores. These stores had combined sales of approximately $31 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2009, or approximately 1.3 percent of the Company's total sales of $2.5 billion. The Company will incur some cash expenses relating to legal and trustee fees which are not expected to be material. No material additional charges are expected related to the 19 closed properties, for which a lease liability reserve is already recorded, or related to the trademarks which have been fully amortized.

    Background

    The FTC had challenged the Company's August 28, 2007 acquisition of Wild Oats Markets, Inc. Prior to completion of the acquisition, the FTC had filed a motion in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia seeking a preliminary injunction to enjoin the acquisition. The FTC had also filed a complaint commencing an administrative proceeding challenging the acquisition. On August 16, 2007, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia denied the FTC's motion for a preliminary injunction. The FTC appealed denial of the preliminary injunction motion to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and on July 29, 2008 the Court of Appeals reversed the District Court and remanded the case to the District Court for further proceedings. On remand, the FTC renewed its motion for preliminary injunctive relief pending resolution of the administrative action, specifically seeking a hold separate order, the rebranding of all former Wild Oats stores, and the appointment of a trustee or special master to establish an independent management team for the former Wild Oats assets and oversee Whole Foods Market's compliance with the order. The administrative proceeding was scheduled to commence on April 6, 2009. On January 28, 2009, the FTC issued an order granting the Company's motion to withdraw the administrative case from adjudication for the purpose of considering a proposed consent agreement that would resolve the administrative proceeding. A further order dated February 4, 2009 extended the withdrawal through March 6, 2009.

    The addresses for the 13 operating stores offered for sale are:

    • 7133 N. Oracle Rd., Tucson, AZ

    • 8688 E. Raintree Dr., Scottsdale, AZ

    • 2584 Baseline Rd., Boulder, CO

    • 1651 Broadway St., Boulder, CO

    • 3180 New Center Pt., Colorado Springs, CO

    • 5910 S. University Blvd., Littleton, CO

    • 9229 N Sheridan Blvd., Westminster, CO

    • 340 N. Main St., West Hartford, CT

    • 4301 Main St., Kansas City, MO

    • 1090 St. Francis Dr., Santa Fe, NM

    • 7250 W. Lake Mead Blvd., Las Vegas, NV

    • 19440 N.W. Cornell Rd., Hillsboro, OR

    • 6930 S. Highland Dr., Salt Lake City, UT

    The addresses for the 19 non-operating Wild Oats stores offered for sale are:

    • 5350 W. Bell Rd., Glendale, AZ

    • 1422 N. Cooper Rd., Gilbert, AZ

    • 874 E. Warner Rd., Gilbert, AZ

    • 9028 W. Union Hills, Peoria, AZ

    • 13823 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix, AZ

    • 15569 W. Bell Rd., Surprise, AZ

    • 200 W. Foothills Pkwy., Fort Collins, CO

    • 8194 S. Kipling Pkwy., Littleton, CO

    • 6424 Naples Blvd., Naples, FL

    • 4600 Shelbyville Rd., St. Matthews, KY

    • 87 Marginal Way, Portland, ME

    • 8819-8833 Ladue Rd., St. Louis, MO

    • 7831 Dodge St., Omaha, NE

    • 517 N. Stephanie St., Henderson, NV

    • 4879 S. Virginia St., Reno, NV

    • 5695 S. Virginia St., Reno, NV

    • 2077 N.E. Burnside St., Portland, OR

    • 17711 Jean Way, Lake Oswego, OR

    • 3736 W. Center Park Dr., West Jordan, UT

  • February 18, 2009 - Whole Foods Market Reports First Quarter Results (pdf)

  • January 21, 2009 - Whole Foods Market, Inc. Announces First Quarter Earnings Conference Call and Webcast

    AUSTIN, Texas (January 21, 2009). Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ Global Select Market: WFMI) today announced that it will issue financial results for the Company's first fiscal quarter ended January 18, 2009, after the market closes on Wednesday, February 18, 2009. Following the release via the wire services, the Company will also host a conference call with financial analysts and investors at 4:00 p.m. (CST).

    To participate, dial (800) 862-9098 (domestic) and (785) 424-1051 (international). The conference ID is "Whole Foods." Please dial in at least five minutes before the start of the conference call. A simultaneous audio webcast will be available through a link on the Company’s website. The webcast will be archived for a minimum of 30 days.

2008