By Walter Robb, July 1, 2016  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Walter Robb

I’ve been receiving questions about comments I made during a panel discussion at the Aspen Ideas Festival when I was asked about GMO legislation. I truly appreciate all of the feedback and want to provide clarification and context so that there’s no misunderstanding about Whole Foods Market’s position on GMO labeling.

My comment about Senator Stabenow “doing an incredible thing” with the bill was an acknowledgement that garnering bipartisan support on mandating any amount of GMO transparency represents significant progress over the DARK Act, which would have prevented mandatory labeling of GMOs at the state or national level. While the Stabenow-Roberts bill and the Vermont bill both aim to make it easier for consumers to identify GMO ingredients for consumers— a good thing at the fundamental level—no piece of legislation is perfect.

I ended my response by reiterating that regardless of how GMO legislation may unfold, Whole Foods Market remains committed to working...

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Our Animal Welfare Standards: Separating Fact from Fiction

By Walter Robb, September 25, 2015  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Walter Robb

Editor's note: The President and CEO of The Humane Society of the Unites States, Wayne Pacelle, wrote on his own blog about this issue. Read his thoughts about Whole Foods Market’s anti-factory farming leadership.

Recently, there has been noise generated by PETA that questions the animal welfare standards we use to certify our partner farmers. I want to help set the record straight and reaffirm Whole Foods Market’s unwavering commitment to sourcing from responsible animal welfare practices and standards.

We all need to be clear about PETA’s mission. PETA is dedicated to ending animal agriculture and animal meat consumption. Period. The allegations they hurl at Whole Foods Market, and the many other targets on their hit list, are generated with that specific agenda in mind.

We firmly believe PETA’s lawsuit filed in...

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Introducing Our New Store Concept: 365 by Whole Foods Market™

By Jeff Turnas, June 10, 2015  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Jeff Turnas


Jeff Turnas, a 20-year Whole Foods Market® veteran, is president of 365 by Whole Foods Market. Jeff has held key leadership positions, including as president of the company’s North Atlantic region and most recently as president of its United Kingdom region.

Hey everyone, I’m here to reach out with an exciting update. In May, we announced we’d launch a new innovation to help meet the exploding demand for more natural and organic foods: a smaller-store concept where value meets quality. Today, we’re introducing the official name for the newest member of the Whole Foods Market Family — 365 by Whole Foods Market...

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Walter on Bloomberg Radio: Why a Variety of Efforts Help Sales

By Walter Robb, November 10, 2014  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Walter Robb

Walter discusses fiscal fourth-quarter profit that topped analysts’ estimates as the grocery-store chain slashed prices to win over bargain-hunting shoppers. Robb speaks with Bloomberg’s Carol Massar and Michael McKee on Bloomberg Radio’s "Taking Stock" on Nov. 6.

You can listen to the interview here.


Sharing our growth story with the media

By Walter Robb, September 17, 2014  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Walter Robb

I recently appeared on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” program to talk about Whole Foods Market’s progress across a number of fronts. Topics included the innovative grocery pickup and delivery service partnership with Instacart, our company being named one of the first retailers to accept Apple Pay transactions, our upcoming national branding campaign, and more.

Earlier in the summer, I also conducted a wide-ranging interview with Bloomberg Radio. In it, I address the evolving competitive landscape, Whole Foods Markets’ continued growth, value pricing, defying conventional wisdom with the success of Whole Foods Market’s Detroit store, and much more. Listen to my radio interview.