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·         Whole Foods Market Launches Online Product Experience Tailored to Dietary Preferences

·         Analyst says Amazon should add gas stations

·         How Whole Foods CEO John Mackey Is Leading a Revolution in Health and Business

·         How To Follow Whole Foods Market's Top 10 Food Trends For 2019 

 

 

Whole Foods Market Launches Online Product Experience Tailored to Dietary Preferences

 

Source: Whole Foods Market

Jan 3, 2018

 

AUSTIN, Texas (Jan. 3, 2019) – Today, Whole Foods Market launches a digital product catalog on wholefoodsmarket.com that allows shoppers to find items by dietary preference and provides complete nutritional information and ingredient lists at customers’ fingertips. According to a recent Whole Foods Market study, almost one third of frequent customers say they shop according to a specific dietary preference. The optimized site is a quick and convenient way for those shoppers to research food options and verify availability at their local store.

 

“Whole Foods Market has always been a go-to for those who follow special diets or want greater transparency into what they are eating,” said Jason Buechel, Executive Vice President of Technology and Chief Information Officer for Whole Foods Market. “This new experience makes it easier than ever for those customers to find products that fit their needs from dietary preferences to lifestyle changes, and ultimately helps them achieve their wellness goals.”

 

Customers can now search for and filter through tens of thousands of Whole Foods Market’s most popular products through the lens of several different dietary preferences—from vegan to Paleo-friendly to Keto-friendly—via a desktop computer or mobile device, improving the shopping experience both in and out of the store.

 

The full list of searchable preferences includes: vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, Paleo friendly, Keto friendly, sugar conscious, dairy free, Kosher, organic, Whole Foods Diet approved, Engine 2, low sodium and low fat.

 

Upon searching, customers will find a photo of the product, its nutrition fact panel and ingredients list, and diet and allergen tags. To learn about availability and price, they can easily find their local Whole Foods Market store using the store selector on the page.

 

To get started, visit products.wholefoodsmarket.com to search by dietary preference, or look up a favorite item using the search function of the site.

 

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Analyst says Amazon should add gas stations

Adding gas stations would “provide the company thousands of commercial locations to advance its delivery efforts,” analyst Tom Forte wrote to clients.

 

By Ryan Vlastelica, Bloomberg News

via The Seattle Times - January 2, 2019

 

Amazon.com is a dominant player in industries as diverse as cloud computing, streaming media, and, of course, e-commerce, but the next business it should set its sights on is decidedly more old fashioned: gas stations.

 

That view comes courtesy of financial adviser D.A. Davidson, which wrote that the company could benefit from expanding its portfolio of physical stores — which already includes “pop-up” stores and the Whole Foods grocery chain — as “another means for it to advance its delivery efforts.”

 

This comes after The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that Amazon was planning to expand the number of Whole Foods stores.

 

Adding gas stations would “provide the company thousands of commercial locations to advance its delivery efforts,” analyst Tom Forte wrote to clients. He suggested that such outposts could be used for Amazon Locker — the company’s centralized package-pickup locations — or to utilize Amazon Go, its cashier-free checkout technology. In addition, selling gas would provide another revenue source; Forte noted that Costco Wholesale derived 10 percent of its revenue from gasoline sales.

 

D.A. Davidson has a buy rating on the stock, along with a $2,450 price target, the highest of any on the Street, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The average is $2,155, which implies upside of more than 40 percent from current levels.

 

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https://www.seattletimes.com/business/analyst-says-amazon-should-add-gas-stations/

 

 

How Whole Foods CEO John Mackey Is Leading a Revolution in Health and Business

Business has a much broader positive impact on the world when it is based on a higher purpose.

 

Jon Schumacher, San Antonio Express-News (TX)

January 4, 2019

 

For the past 40 years, Whole Foods cofounder and CEO John Mackey has been leading a movement that has changed how free markets and supermarkets serve society.

 

Starting Whole Foods in 1980 with only 19 employees to becoming the world’s leader in natural and organic foods, Mackey has not only built a successful company but also championed a culture that is revolutionizing the way we eat while also shifting how entrepreneurs lead companies. I recently asked Mackey what is legacy meant to him. Below are three of my biggest takeaways from his answers -- three ideals we can all learn from as entrepreneurs who want to not only build a profitable business but also make a positive impact on the world.

 

For the past 40 years, Whole Foods cofounder and CEO John Mackey has been leading a movement that has changed how free markets and supermarkets serve society.

 

Starting Whole Foods in 1980 with only 19 employees to becoming the world’s leader in natural and organic foods, Mackey has not only built a successful company but also championed a culture that is revolutionizing the way we eat while also shifting how entrepreneurs lead companies. I recently asked Mackey what is legacy meant to him. Below are three of my biggest takeaways from his answers -- three ideals we can all learn from as entrepreneurs who want to not only build a profitable business but also make a positive impact on the world.

 

1. Mackey built his company’s culture around a higher purpose ...

 

2. Mackey practices conscious leadership and forward thinking around his higher purpose ...

 

3. Mackey focuses on serving his stakeholders, not just his shareholders ...

 

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https://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/How-Whole-Foods-CEO-John-Mackey-Is-Leading-a-13505717.php

 

 

How To Follow Whole Foods Market's Top 10 Food Trends For 2019

 

Claudia Alarcón, Contributor, Forbes

Jan 3, 2019

 

Last fall, Whole Foods Market announced the most anticipated and innovative food trends for 2019 in their fourth annual trends predictions, which is based in months of nationwide research from a team of field experts and global buyers.

 

“We start brainstorming trends across multiple teams each summer, and our initial list may have around 60 flavors, ingredients, or macro trends to start,” says Rachel Bukowski, the Exclusive Brands Product Development Team Leader who oversees a team of product developers and research and development technicians on Whole Foods Market’s Exclusive Brands Team. The product development team works to ensure Whole Foods Market and 365 Everyday Value branded products are on the cutting edge of culinary, flavor and ingredient trends while adhering to the company’s rigorous quality standards.

 

“Narrowing down that list starts with finding those common themes – like the number of submissions around ‘vibrancy in food’ or ‘whole food sweeteners’ or ‘nostalgic foods’ in the initial survey of experts,” adds Bukowski. “Many of the trend suggestions that start as separate trends evolve into one through the process. For example, food vibrancy, Polynesian foods, and monk fruit sweeteners all had a lot of overlap and each became a small part of a larger trend around Pacific Rim flavors.”

 

The group looks toward many internal and external resources for gathering trends. Their regional teams – especially local foragers – serve as in-the-field trend spotters seeking out innovative products and interesting ingredients that pop up either in their stores or on menus of trending restaurants in their communities.  “My team, the product development team for our private label, uses both a data driven approach as well as personal insight from our participation in international food industry events like World PLMA and the Fancy Food Shows,” says Bukowski. “That’s what makes the trends list eclectic and why it represents food trends consumers might find both inside and outside the aisles of their local Whole Foods Market.”

 

Here are the trends Whole Foods predicts will emerge and continue in 2019.

 

Pacific Rim Flavors ...

 

Shelf-Stable Probiotics ...

 

Phat Fats ...

 

Next Level Hemp ...

 

Faux Meat Snacks ...

 

Eco-Conscious Packaging ...

 

Trailblazing Frozen Treats ...

 

Marine Munchies Beyond Seaweed ...

 

Snack Time, Upgraded ...

 

Purchases that Empower ...

 

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/claudiaalarcon/2019/01/03/how-to-follow-whole-foods-markets-top-10-food-trends-for-2019/