Whole Foods Market, Inc. operates as a natural and organic foods supermarket in the United States. As of September 27, 2015, the company operated 431 stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The company offers approximately 25,000 organic SKUs, covering all areas of the company’s store, including produce, packaged goods, bulk, frozen, dairy, meat, bakery, prepared foods, coffee, tea, beer, wine, cheese, nutritional supplements, vitamins, body care, pet foods, and household goods. Strategy The company’s growth strategy is to expand primarily through new store openings, and while the company might 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. 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 27, 2015) 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. Trademarks Trademarks owned by the company or its subsidiaries include Whole Foods Market and the Whole Foods Market logo, 365 by Whole Foods Market and the 365 by Whole Foods Market logos, 365 and the 365 logo, 365 Everyday Value and the 365 Everyday Value logos, AFA, Allegro Coffee Company and the Allegro logo, America’s Healthiest Grocery Store, Awesome Eats, Bread & Circus, Eco-Scale, Food from a Happy Place, Fresh & Wild, Fresh Fields, Friends of 365, Green Mission, Greenlife Grocery, Harry’s Farmers Market, Health Starts Here and the Health Starts Here logo, Ideal Market, Improving Lives with Every Purchase, the Leafy O logo, Merchant of Vino, Mrs. Gooch’s, My Street Grocery and the My Street Grocery logo, the Responsibly Grown logo, Vine Buys, Wellspring, Whole Body and the Whole Body logo, Whole Catch, Whole Cities Foundation, The Whole Deal, Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet, Whole Foods Market Brewing Company, Whole Journeys, Whole Kids, Whole Kids Foundation, Whole Paws and the Whole Paws logo, Whole Planet Foundation, Whole Story, and Whole Trade. The company and its subsidiaries have registered or applied to register numerous 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 was incorporated in 1978 in Texas.
whole foods market inc (WFM:NASDAQ GS)
550 Bowie Street
Austin, TX 78703
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