With corporate offices in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market is known for offering top-notch natural and organic foods, and for being the first of its kind to take its offerings into a large-scale operation.
Whole Foods Market was established when four Austin-based businesspeople decided that the natural foods industry was ready for a supermarket format. With less than half of a dozen larger natural food stores in the United States at the time, the founders opened their original location in 1980 with a staff of only 19 people. Despite a few rocky points in the beginning, Whole Foods has since successfully grown domestically and has expanded abroad with 352 locations throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
In addition to a commitment to nurturing the demand for organic products, Whole Foods Market touts the strictest quality standards in the industry and demonstrates a strong commitment to sustainable agriculture by supporting organic farmers, growers and the environment.
Whether in their 80,000 square foot flagship store in Austin or elsewhere, Whole Foods Market only sells products that are “natural,” which the company defines as minimally processed foods free of hydrogenated fats as well as artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, and preservatives. In addition to providing a wide variety of non-GMO products, they also offer USDA-certified organic foods and products that aim to be environmentally friendly and ecologically responsible.
When it comes to plentifully fresh fare, Whole Foods Market is the place to be!
All of Whole Foods Market’s meat comes from animals raised as nature intended – without antibiotics or added hormones. And the beef, pork, chicken, and turkey come from farms certified according to Global Animal Partnership’s animal welfare standards.
This mission-driven company has been ranked among the most socially responsible businesses and has proudly placed fourth on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s list of Top 25 Green Power Partners. But, it doesn’t stop there. In addition to a whole slew of domestic and international programs, they also host quarterly Five Percent Days, where they give back at least five percent of its after-tax profits to charitable organizations in the communities it serves, in addition to donating products and services to worthy local causes.
Wander in and experience the delightful sights and scents while shopping a wide array of incredibly fresh offerings from produce to seafood. Talk with a cooking coach, plan healthy meals and even source smaller quantities using bulk bins for smarter shopping. When it comes to plentifully fresh fare, Whole Foods Market is the place to be!
By: Kelly Taggart
Photos: Allen Carrasco and
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