Our Animal Welfare Standards: Separating Fact from Fiction

By Walter Robb, September 25, 2015  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Walter Robb

Editor's note: The President and CEO of The Humane Society of the Unites States, Wayne Pacelle, wrote on his own blog about this issue. Read his thoughts about Whole Foods Market’s anti-factory farming leadership.

Recently, there has been noise generated by PETA that questions the animal welfare standards we use to certify our partner farmers. I want to help set the record straight and reaffirm Whole Foods Market’s unwavering commitment to sourcing from responsible animal welfare practices and standards.

We all need to be clear about PETA’s mission. PETA is dedicated to ending animal agriculture and animal meat consumption. Period. The allegations they hurl at Whole Foods Market, and the many other targets on their hit list, are generated with that specific agenda in mind.

We firmly believe PETA’s lawsuit filed in...

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Introducing Our New Store Concept: 365 by Whole Foods Market™

By Jeff Turnas, June 10, 2015  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Jeff Turnas


Jeff Turnas, a 20-year Whole Foods Market® veteran, is president of 365 by Whole Foods Market. Jeff has held key leadership positions, including as president of the company’s North Atlantic region and most recently as president of its United Kingdom region.

Hey everyone, I’m here to reach out with an exciting update. In May, we announced we’d launch a new innovation to help meet the exploding demand for more natural and organic foods: a smaller-store concept where value meets quality. Today, we’re introducing the official name for the newest member of the Whole Foods Market Family — 365 by Whole Foods Market...

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Walter on Bloomberg Radio: Why a Variety of Efforts Help Sales

By Walter Robb, November 10, 2014  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Walter Robb

Walter discusses fiscal fourth-quarter profit that topped analysts’ estimates as the grocery-store chain slashed prices to win over bargain-hunting shoppers. Robb speaks with Bloomberg’s Carol Massar and Michael McKee on Bloomberg Radio’s "Taking Stock" on Nov. 6.

You can listen to the interview here.


Sharing our growth story with the media

By Walter Robb, September 17, 2014  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Walter Robb

I recently appeared on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” program to talk about Whole Foods Market’s progress across a number of fronts. Topics included the innovative grocery pickup and delivery service partnership with Instacart, our company being named one of the first retailers to accept Apple Pay transactions, our upcoming national branding campaign, and more.

Earlier in the summer, I also conducted a wide-ranging interview with Bloomberg Radio. In it, I address the evolving competitive landscape, Whole Foods Markets’ continued growth, value pricing, defying conventional wisdom with the success of Whole Foods Market’s Detroit store, and much more. Listen to my radio interview.

Our Revised Team Member Language Guidelines

By Walter Robb, June 27, 2013  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Walter Robb

Walter Robb,co-CEO, shares our Revised Team Member Language Guidelines on behalf of the Whole Foods Market Leadership Network.

I'd like to begin this post with two statements regarding the recent incident involving two of our team members in one of our Albuquerque, New Mexico stores.

First, we sincerely apologize that a section of our handbook regarding team member interactions in the workplace was not clearly written, and for any misunderstandings or offense it has created. Its intention was to foster inclusion, not exclusion.

Second, our senior leadership team has reviewed and changed the wording of this section and will ensure that this new wording and, more importantly, the intention behind it is reviewed and discussed at the next team member meeting at every store and facility throughout the company, which will be within 45 days time. The original as well as the revised guidelines in their entirety are...

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