Whole Foods CEO: “We Sell Junk”

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An interesting interview with the founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market, John Mackey, on the Wall Street Journal earlier this week:

“We sell all kinds of candy. We sell a bunch of junk. Healthy, bulk foods such as grains, seeds, nuts and beans now account for about 1% of sales, down from 15% to 20%”, Mackey said.

read more on WSJ…

What you need to know:

Although Whole Foods started out as a health store, it has morphed over the years to become a purveyor of high class, high price products. Some are healthy, some are not. Just like a regular supermarket. Unfortunately, there’s not enough revenue for mega-chains in just selling unprocessed healthy food products in bulk.

What to do at the supermarket:

Whether it’s Whole Foods or Wal-Mart, some aisles are healthier than others. Buying mostly unprocessed foods and preparing meals at home is the key to a nutritious diet.

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  • Shelby

    Yes, you are selling junk.  However, if I am going to eat a cookie I’d rather eat one where I can read the ingridents, have no food dyes, etc.  I get the fact a cookie is a cookie, but I rather have one that is naturally made not artifically made.  I applaud Whole Foods to sticking with their standards even with junk food.

  • Loveislikewoe

    Yeah,whole foods has junk.but it’s less junkier junk,if you know what I mean.id rather get some gourmet fancy pants vegan chocolate chip cookie than the processed ones you’d find elsewhere.and besides,it’s the only place around here that has my favorite European candy bars!

  • Loveislikewoe

    Yeah,whole foods has junk.but it’s less junkier junk,if you know what I mean.id rather get some gourmet fancy pants vegan chocolate chip cookie than the processed ones you’d find elsewhere.and besides,it’s the only place around here that has my favorite European candy bars!

  • Winnerafarley

    They have the BEST oatmeal Raisin cookies in the WORLD.  All because of natural ingredients.

  • planejane

    I knew WF lost it’s way when they started selling all sorts of drinks in plastic.  If they wanted to make social change they could’ve stuck to glass bottles and do an exchange, buy a bottle bring the old one back or pay a deposit.  Works all over Europe even for yoghurt.  I just can’t buy a acidic drink in plastic nor do I buy tomato products if not sold in glass.

  • Silkydevine03

    I began shopping at Whole Foods when my son was diagnosed with numerous food allergies. I am happy that I can find “junk” food he can eat, but more importantly all of the foods we do purchase are organic, preservative free, and our meats come from animals treated properly. If Whole Foods didn’t sell “junk” food, my son would be strictly limited to only snacks his mother baked at home ( which I do make!). I love that when I have a food craving I can buy things like whole grain, organic, dye free, preservative free snacks for myself as well, even IF it’s a cinnamon roll. You simply can not compare Walmart to Whole Foods. If Whole Foods didn’t have it’s “unhealthy” foods, we’d still shop there for our regular nutrient filled grocery list and cruelty free meat. There is absolutely nothing that clears my son’s allergy free list at Walmart. Not even their produce.  I think even those of us who are into healthier lifestyles still need a place to get whole, safe food products whether our wastelines need it or not.

  • ToughStuff2012

    Yo man, I know you see me here
    This is my space man
    What you need to do it put your little
    Hybrid in reverse and go out the way you came
    What? Yo it’s about to get real in the
    Whole Foods parking lot..

    It’s getting real in the Whole Foods parking lot!
    I got my skill and you know it gets sparked a lot
    I’m on my grind homie, it’s on my mind homie
    These fools with clipboards are looking at me
    Like the know me
    It’s getting real in the Whole Foods parking lot!
    You know the deal with the little shopping carts
    They got. Listen to what I say
    It’s getting real in the Westside of LA..

    I’m riding slow in my Prius
    All-leather, tinted windows (you can’t see us!)
    Everybody’s trying to park you can feel the tension
    I’m in electric mode, can’t even hear the engine
    Just then I saw a spot open up
    My timing’s perfect! I’m creeping up..
    But then this other dude try to steal it
    Going the wrong way!
    “Hey man I’ve had a long day!”

    It’s getting real in the Whole Foods parking lot!
    I got my skill and you know it gets sparked a lot
    I’m on my grind homie, it’s on my mind homie
    These fools with clipboards are looking at me
    Like the know me
    It’s getting real in the Whole Foods parking lot!
    You know the deal with the little shopping carts
    They got. Listen to what I say
    It’s getting real in the Westside of LA..

    Now I’m on the inside, looking at my list
    Organic chicken, kale salad
    And a lemon twist
    Some girl in yoga pants is looking at me funny
    I’m just trying to find a decent Pinot Noir
    For under 20! Then I take it to the
    Cheese counter: Humboldt fog!
    Just ran out sir!
    Take it easy man, I try to calm myself
    I’ve been on edge ever since they took
    Kombucha off the shelf..

    It’s getting real in the Whole Foods parking lot!
    I got my skill and you know it gets sparked a lot
    I’m on my grind homie, it’s on my mind homie
    These fools with clipboards are looking at me
    Like the know me
    It’s getting real in the Whole Foods parking lot!
    You know the deal with the little shopping carts
    They got. Listen to what I say
    It’s getting real in the Westside of LA..

    This fool’s on his iphone, talking to his friends
    Trying to pick up some cayenne pepper for his master cleanse
    You the most annoying dude I ever see, brah
    Could you please move? You’re right in front of the quinoa…
    Damn, I’m about to check out!
    Pay my 80 bucks for 6 things and get the heck out!
    The express lane is moving hella-slow
    Man, these fools don’t know..

  • MacAttack34

    WF is for fools, especially those that think buying cookies from there is special. Most of you that shop there probably are in foreclosure, but still buy a 3.00 cookie.