Whole Foods Shrink Rays Holiday Dinner

Whole Foods Shrink Rays Holiday Dinner

Paul and his wife purchased a pre-cooked feast for eight people at Whole Foods, but they claim that they didn’t get their whole order of food. Their two-pound side dishes, sold by weight, actually weighed in at as little as 1 pound, 3 ounces. Is their kitchen scale broken, or is something wrong at Whole Foods? [More]

Whole Foods CEO Spurs Boycott With Health Care Views

Whole Foods CEO Spurs Boycott With Health Care Views

Memo to Whole Foods CEO John Mackey: when much of your customer base consists of reusable-bag-using, wheatgrass-munching “progressive” types, it’s probably not such a good idea to publish an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal criticizing current health care reform proposals. At least if you don’t want said customers organizing boycotts of your stores.

Whole Foods Fires Employee For Stopping Shoplifter

Whole Foods Fires Employee For Stopping Shoplifter

It must be pretty easy to shoplift at Whole Foods because if any of their employees touch you, they’ll be fired.

Supermarkets Begin To Shrink

Supermarkets Begin To Shrink

The New York Times reports that several supermarket and retail chains, including Safeway, Walmart, and Whole Foods, are beginning to experiment with much smaller store sizes that emphasize things like cafes, prepared meals, and produce. The idea is to emphasize speed over choice, and was apparently triggered by UK competitor Tesco, which has launched over 70 small-format supermarkets in Nevada, Arizona, and Southern California over the past year. Of course, the stores also require less shelf space for products than they did a year ago.

Hysteria: Great, Now Whole Foods Is Making You Broke And Fat

Hysteria: Great, Now Whole Foods Is Making You Broke And Fat

The New York Sun says that salad and prepared food bars (at Whole Foods, for example) are making you fat. Why? Supposedly, the containers they give you are huge and lead you to unwittingly buy “supersized” portions of food for lunch.

Whole Foods Seeks To Define Its Prices As Bargains

Whole Foods Seeks To Define Its Prices As Bargains

As the economy sours, premium stores like Whole Foods are struggling to keep customers, reports the New York Times. To remain competitive, the pricey natural grocery store is offering guided tours to customers who want to cut costs but can’t stand to set foot in Winn Dixie.

Whole Foods Recalls Previously Recalled Meat. What?

Whole Foods Recalls Previously Recalled Meat. What?

Whole Foods apparently never got that June memo to chuck Nebraska Beef contaminated with E. coli. The posh-man’s bodega announced yesterday that they are recalling the previously-recalled beef, which Whole Foods sold between June 2 and August 6. The contaminated beef has popped up in 24 states and sickened 49 people. Noted food safety litigator Bill Marler shows us that being a lawyer can be fun by posing six amusingly litigious questions for Whole Foods…

Closed: Too Much Rodent Poo At This Chicago Whole Foods

Closed: Too Much Rodent Poo At This Chicago Whole Foods

Over 100 rodent droppings in one cooler alone is too many, says the Chicago Department of Public Heath… and so the Lincoln Park Whole Foods has been closed until the management can eliminate the infestation. Ick.

Just Because It Says "Organic" Doesn't Mean It Won't Give You A Ton Of Cancer

Just Because It Says "Organic" Doesn't Mean It Won't Give You A Ton Of Cancer

Here at the Consumerist we’re not trying to tell you that you need to buy organic soap, but if you do want organic soap… we think you should get what you’re paying for.

Whole Foods Will Eliminate Plastic Bags, Says "Bring Your Own"

Whole Foods Will Eliminate Plastic Bags, Says "Bring Your Own"

Whole Foods says that by Earth Day 2008 they will be eliminating plastic bags and instead offer only paper bags or reusable bags made from recycled plastic bottles for $0.99.

http://consumerist.com/2007/12/28/whole-foods-has-expanded/

Whole Foods has expanded last week’s recall of 365 Organic Everyday Value Chocolate Bars to include all 8 varieties, and expanded the Best If Used By date window to any date prior to 11/08/09, because of possible undeclared milk and tree nuts. [FDA]

This Bag Of Chopped Spinach Needs More Bird Feathers

This Bag Of Chopped Spinach Needs More Bird Feathers

Zach’s wife found a bird feather in a bag of 365 Chopped Spinach. When she called Whole Foods to complain, a bird-brained employee quipped “You’d be surprised at how much stuff people find in their food!”

Whole Foods Computer Crash Results In $4,000 Grocery Giveaway

Whole Foods Computer Crash Results In $4,000 Grocery Giveaway

What did Whole Foods Associate Manager Ted Donoghue do when his West Hartford store lost its computer system during a major snowstorm? Nothing! After realizing that the registers were down for the count, Donoghue issued simple instructions to his cashiers: bag the customer’s groceries and wish them a happy holidays.

FTC Appeals, Still Trying To Stop Whole Foods/Wild Oats Merger

FTC Appeals, Still Trying To Stop Whole Foods/Wild Oats Merger

A judge has ruled in favor of the Whole Foods/Wild Oats merger, but the FTC has announced they will appeal the decision and are asking that the merger be blocked pending that appeal.

3 Consumer Groups Speak Out Against Whole Foods/Wild Oats Marriage

3 Consumer Groups Speak Out Against Whole Foods/Wild Oats Marriage

Three consumer groups have filed an amicus brief on behalf of the FTC, which has moved to block Whole Foods’ attempt to purchase rival Wild Oats. A federal judge is expected to rule on the case soon; in the meantime, Whole Foods earlier today extended its offer to Wild Oats until August 15th. Omg this is totally like when Heidi decided to move in with Spencer on The Hills! (We had to go to Wikipedia to write that sentence.)

Whole Foods CEO Caught Bashing Wild Oats Stock On Yahoo Forums

Whole Foods CEO Caught Bashing Wild Oats Stock On Yahoo Forums

Back in 2005, when the (currently being opposed by the FTC) Whole Foods/Wild Oats merger was just a glint in the Whole Foods CEO’s eye… John “Anonymous Troll” Mackey was on Yahoo! forums bashing Wild Oats stock.

Whole Foods Adopts Bank-Style Checkout Lines

Whole Foods Adopts Bank-Style Checkout Lines

Whole Foods in Manhattan has made checkout line races a thing of the past by adopting newfangled bank-style checkout lanes. The new system queues shoppers in a single line, directing them to checkout counters as cashiers become available.

The single-line, bank-style system was quickly chosen for its statistical efficiency. Then, Whole Foods paired the system with possibly the largest number of registers in the city, more than 30 per store, and it hired an army of cashiers to staff them throughout the day (including “floaters” to fill in for those who need a break).

FTC: Wild Oats Whole Foods Buyout Bad For Consumers

FTC: Wild Oats Whole Foods Buyout Bad For Consumers

The FTC thinks that Whole Food’s buyout of competitor Wild Oats would lead to increased prices and decreased quality according to a statement issued on June 5. They’re planning to block the buyout. “Whole Foods and Wild Oats are each other’s closest competitors in premium natural and organic supermarkets, and are engaged in intense head-to-head competition in markets across the country,” said Jeffrey Schmidt, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition. “If Whole Foods is allowed to devour Wild Oats, it will mean higher prices, reduced quality, and fewer choices for consumers.”