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Part 2 of The Original Urban Cheapskate Shops at Whole Foods Brooklyn

Part 2 of The Original Urban Cheapskate Shops at Whole Foods Brooklyn

If you missed the first part of this semi-ongoing series (or should we say, with apologies to Homer, saga, find it here.  Warning:  if you read this over breakfast you might laugh so hard you’ll choke on your locally roasted Ethiopian Amaro Gayo.   I solved the problem of cycling to Whole Foods by going […]

The Original Urban Cheapskate Meets His Brooklyn Neighbor, Whole Foods Gowanus. Part 1 of A Continuing Tale

  It finally happened.  I patronized the long-in-arriving Whole Foods in Gowanus Brooklyn. WhF-G has been scheduled to open in a lovely location at 3rd Ave and 3rd St right on the edge of the Gowanus Canal Superfund site since before I moved here almost nine years ago, so it was a bit of a surprise […]

GE Salmon Update:Target Signs on to Growing List of Retailers Pledging Not to Sell Genetically Engineered Salmon; FDA ruling expected soon

GE Salmon Update:Target Signs on to Growing List of Retailers Pledging Not to Sell Genetically Engineered Salmon; FDA ruling expected soon

As reported in Food Safety News Target is the latest retailer to sign a pledge to not sell genetically engineered salmon.  The Friends of the Earth Campaign for GE Free Seafood now includes a wide and extensive list of retailers including  Aldi (owner of Trader Joes), Trader Joes, Whole Foods,  H.E.B.  Giant Eagle and Meijer.  […]

Media Watch Week of May 13

Bloomberg News interview with Whole Foods CEO Walter Robb. Supermarket News on Asian supermarkets reach for 2nd and 3rd generation young shoppers.  “With no single ethnic food retailer dominating the U.S., the race is on to capture new markets where second- and third-generation shoppers are more likely to patronize chains like Whole Foods Market or […]

John Mackey Debates Ayn Rand, Self-Interest and Narcissism

John Mackey Debates Ayn Rand, Self-Interest and Narcissism

As those regular readers know we have a love hate affair with Whole Foods CEO John Mackey.  While we wish more corporations were like Whole Foods, espousing values for more than just stockholders and a triple bottom line approach (people, planet and profit) to success, there aren’t. If there were, Mackey’s consistent willingness to step on […]

Renowned NYC Grocer Fairway to Offer IPO

Renowned NYC Grocer Fairway to Offer IPO

As reported in Supermarket News, famed NYC retailer Fairway is about to join the ranks of Whole Foods and The Fresh Market as the latest upscale grocer to set investors spreadsheets on fire. Not long ago there were just three locations, but Fairway, with its well-earned, nearly cultish following, now operates 12 stores in the New York, […]

Big Retailers Exploit More Workers With On-Call Schedules, Adding Margins That The Manufacturer Bill Backs Alone Can't Achieve

Big Retailers Exploit More Workers With On-Call Schedules, Adding Margins That The Manufacturer Bill Backs Alone Can’t Achieve

For years its been well known to anyone in the grocery business that one way a lot of supermarkets deal with the ongoing challenge of “making their weekly numbers” has been to cut hours, especially for the highest wage earners and give those low-paid clerks more hours. What we didn’t know is that supermarkets are […]

Whole Foods Scores Another Green Coup, Announces Rooftop Greenhouse in Gowanus Brooklyn Store

Whole Foods Scores Another Green Coup, Announces Rooftop Greenhouse in Gowanus Brooklyn Store

Fresh after what many called the company’s groundbreaking rules regarding vendors and GMO transparency, Whole Foods scored another big green thumbs up with its Monday announcement that Gotham Greens would operate what the company stated is “the nation’s first commercial scale greenhouse farm integrated within a retail grocery space.” Gotham Greens current hydroponic operations in […]

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Whole Foods, Following Ouster of Scharffen Berger Chocolate, Requires Ethical Sourcing Audit for Coconut Water

  After removing Hershey owned Scharffen Berger Chocolates from its stores due to ongoing concerns over Hershey’s sourcing procedures and  child labor, BevNet reports that Whole Foods is now requiring all of its coconut water vendors to conduct ethical sourcing audits from a list of store approved 3rd party auditors. Another Hershey brand, Dagoba Chocolate, […]

John Mackey What Are You Talking About

John Mackey What Are You Talking About

  While in Boston promoting his new book Conscious Capitalism, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey proclaimed:  “If we allow it, I have no doubt capitalism will wipe out poverty and illiteracy,” Mackey said. “Humanity has been lifted up by business and yet it has been completely hijacked by its enemies who create a narrative that business is […]