Archive for the 'Whole Foods' Category


Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

[Update on 13 July @ 0600: Suzanne Goldenberg, writes Half of all US food produce is thrown away, new research suggests.] While I was in college I volunteered at the local food co-op once a week in exchange for a discount on food I bought there. I stocked shelves, sliced and wrapped cheese and performed […]


Monday, June 27th, 2016

Yes, when Walmart finds buying from local or regional vendors economically beneficial, the Bentonvile Behemoth is happy to pump a few pennies (relative to the hundreds of billions going—going—cough to China—elsewhere) in the name of pretending to be a good neighbor. Christopher Kelly, expressing his opinion in Purpose-Driven Companies Must Anchor Community Roots for Forbes […]


Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

A week-ago Sunday, John Oliver schooled Americans on he obscene amount of food that we throw away because we don’t think the fruits and vegetables are pretty enough. Earlier this week Jordan Figueiredo, founder of @UglyFruitandVeg and Stefanie Sacks, author of What the Fork Are You Eating? launched an online petition calling on Walmart and […]

If you have to be anti-union…

Monday, March 15th, 2010

…John Mackey of Whole Foods shows you how to do it: Human beings evolved in relatively small tribal bands. Many scientific studies have indicated that our ability to maintain close trusting relationships with family, friends, and co-workers is constrained to probably not more than about 150 people. We can, of course, know many more people […]

What’s the opposite of human misery?

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Continuing with the Walmart sales report stories, here’s the WSJ: In a conference call with analysts, Wal-Mart vice chairman Eduardo Castro-Wright said a drop in average ticket price as well as a “slight decrease in traffic during the quarter,” were behind the sales miss. We can’t help but wonder whether some of that traffic might […]

Whatever happened to the Personal Sustainability Project?

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

In case you’ve forgotten what I’m talking about, I’m talking about this (as summarized by Fast Company in 2007): Since Werbach started testing his ideas last summer, he and Act Now’s 12 field trainers have conducted 150 PSP sessions across the country, covering 4,000 U.S. stores. Each store in a given region sends two volunteers […]

“Too big. Too dirty. Too ugly.”

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Looks like it’s John Mackey week here at our blog. The New Yorker’s blog The Book Bench did a shout out to the article on Mackey I mentioned the other day which covers something both Robert and I both blogged about back when it happened in 2007. That’s when Mackey got busted by the SEC […]

Just try to imagine Lee Scott or Mike Duke saying this.

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Apparently, John Mackey of Whole Foods wants to be everywhere these days. This is from an interview w/ Reason magazine: By not taking any money, it’s pretty obvious that I’m not trying to get as much money out of the company as I can. I mean, I was a co-founder. I have enough money. I’m […]

Daddy issues.

Monday, December 28th, 2009

My favorite magazine, The New Yorker, has a profile this week of the CEO of my favorite grocery store, Whole Foods. It certainly serves as a reminder of why I am often embarrassed to admit that my family shops there. In fact, it comes up in the first paragraph: John Mackey, the co-founder and chief […]

Walmart’s cheap organic window dressing.

Monday, September 21st, 2009

There’s another part of Ellen Ruppel Shell’s Cheap that I’ve been meaning to get write up here and it’s on one of my old favorite subjects of organic food (153-54): “Discounters generally offer less variety in any given category than do traditional stores. In one study of organic food, Wal-Mart, currently a leading seller (by […]

I read books so that you don’t have to.

Friday, September 4th, 2009

I finally got around to reading Ellen Ruppel Shell’s Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture. The book goes far beyond Walmart, but its Walmart sections (as the review I quoted a few weeks ago suggested) are extremely interesting. This comes right before that bit about price (p. 151): [MIT Economist Jerry] Hausman concluded that […]

Mackey’s Gotta Go.

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

And you thought the UFCW only picked on Walmart.

Business does what’s best for its business.

Friday, August 28th, 2009

As a Whole Foods shopper, I’ve been paying an awful lot of attention to this Whole Foods boycott that’s come up since their CEO John Mackey came out against health care reform. That doesn’t mean I’m joining it, I just think it’s interesting. Why am I not joining it? Well, for one thing, I agree […]

Who said what?

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

“We think that’s the most effective way for the nation to grapple with the issue at hand, which is costs are rising at a very rapid rate and the more people that are included, the easier it would be to leverage costs. The reason that you saw us weigh in … really just speaks to […]

High road vs. low road.

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

At about the same time that the CEO of Whole Foods declares, “We sell a bunch of junk,” and vows to help customers make healthier food choices, Walmart starts knocking off Girl Scout Cookies.