Supporting local production is integral to Whole Foods Market’s commitment to supporting the communities in which we do business. In Hawai`i, local purchasing makes a particularly valuable contribution to our islands’ economic vitality, social and cultural riches and environmental sustainability.
In 2012 we continued to build support for local farmers and producers in meaningful and exciting ways. Our Hawai`i partnerships grew substantially in total volume, in large part due to the opening of the Kailua store midway through our fiscal year. We also grew our local percentage of total purchases and sales.
We've come up with this colorful infographic to share some of the data in an easily digestible format: