Whole Foods Market, Inc. operates as a retailer of natural and organic foods. As of September 29, 2013, the company operated 362 stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The company’s product selection includes produce and floral, grocery, meat, seafood, bakery, prepared foods and catering, coffee, tea, beer, wine, cheese, nutritional supplements, vitamins, body care, and lifestyle products, including books, pet products, and household products. Its stores carry on average approximately 21,000 SKUs. The company’s brands include 365 and 365 Organic Everyday Day Value brands. Its additional brands include Whole family of brands (Whole Foods Market, Whole Catch, Whole Fields, Whole Pantry, Whole Living, Whole Paws, etc.), Allegro Coffee, Engine 2, Wellshire Farms, and Nature’s Rancher, among others. Suppliers The company’s major supplier includes United Natural Foods, Inc. Seasonality The company’s average weekly sales and gross profit as a percentage of sales are typically highest in the second and third fiscal quarters (year ended September 29, 2013), and lowest in the fourth fiscal quarter due to seasonally slower sales during the summer months. Gross profit as a percentage of sales is also lower in the first fiscal quarter due to the product mix of holiday sales. Strategy The company’s strategy is to expand primarily through new store openings, and while it may continue to pursue acquisitions of smaller chains that provide access to desirable geographic areas and experienced team members, such acquisitions are not expected to significantly impact its future store growth or financial results. The company targets stores located on premium real estate sites. Trademarks Trademarks owned by the company or its subsidiaries include Whole Foods Market; the Whole Foods Market logo; 365 Everyday Value; the 365 Everyday Value logo; AFA; Allegro Coffee Company; America’s Healthiest Grocery Store; ANDI; Awesome Eats; Bread & Circus; Capers Community Market; Dark Rye; Eco-Scale; Fresh & Wild; Fresh Fields; Grab & Give; Greenlife Grocery; Green Mission; Harry’s Farmers Market; Health Starts Here; Ideal Market; Improving Lives with Every Purchase; Merchant of Vino; Mrs. Gooch’s; Vine Buys; Wellspring; Whole Baby; Whole Cities Foundation; The Whole Deal; Whole Foods; Whole People; Whole Planet; Whole Journeys; Whole Kids; Whole Kids Foundation; Whole Planet Foundation; Whole Ranch; and Whole Trade. The company and its subsidiaries have registered or applied to register various trademarks, service marks, stylized logos, and brand names in the U.S. and in many additional countries throughout the world. In addition, the company licenses certain trademarks, including ENGINE 2 and PLANT-STRONG, which are trademarks owned by Engine 2 for Life, LLC. History Whole Foods Market, Inc. was founded in 1978. The company incorporated in 1978.
whole foods market inc (WFM:Frankfurt)
550 Bowie Street
Austin, TX 78703
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