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  • 1.Whole Foods Market Inc.550 Bowie St.Austin, TX 78703,United StatesPhone: 512-477-4455Fax: 512-482-7000http://www.wholefoodsmarket.comIncorporated in TexasStores in 38 US states and Canada. California alone has sixty stores, with the totalnumber of stores at 2992010 Sales: % of TotalGrocery: 33Prepared Foods: 19Other Perishables: 48Whole Foods MarketsSelected Product Categories: Bakery Body care Educational products Floral Grocery Household products Meat and poultry Nutritional supplements Pet products Prepared foods Produce Seafood Specialty (beer, wine, cheese) TextilesMorningStarWhole Foods closed out fiscal 2010 on a strong note, and positive momentum is onits side. Comparable-store sales growth increased 7.1% last fiscal year, andoperating margin improved 1.4 percentage points. The bounceback was muchstronger than we anticipated, and we believe this speaks to the firms knack for

2. innovation and brand strength. However, we believe delivering consistent resultswill be difficult for the firm even as the domestic economy recovers.Whole Foods Market is the largest U.S. retailer of natural and organic foods. The firmoperates about 300 stores in the United States, Canada, and England. The stores sellhigh-grade conventional and organically grown produce and grocery products;environmentally safe household items; meat, poultry, and seafood free of growthhormones and antibiotics; bakery goods and takeout meals; and vitamins,homeopathic remedies, and body-care products.Hoovers:http://www.wholefoodsmarket.comWith food and other items that are free of pesticides, preservatives, sweeteners, and cruelty, Whole FoodsMarket knows more about guiltless eating and shopping than most retailers. The worlds #1 natural foodschain by far -- now that it has digested its main rival Wild Oats Markets -- the company operates about 300stores in 38 US states, as well as in Canada and the UK. The stores emphasize perishable products, whichaccount for about two-thirds of sales. Whole Foods Market offers some 2,200 items in four lines of private-label products (such as the premium Whole Foods line). Founded in Austin, Texas, in 1980, WholeFoods Market pioneered the supermarket concept in natural and organic foods retailing.Bulls Say MORNING STARWhole Foods possesses a strong brand that resonates with consumers not only seeking a high-qualityshopping experience, but also desiring stores that deliver on demands for health and wellness, premiumfresh foods, and environmental friendliness.Even with the less productive Wild Oats stores and weak same-store sales, Whole Foods generated around$760 in sales per square foot in 2009, significantly higher than that of the average supermarket.According to Natural Foods Merchandiser, sales of organic products increased 17.1% from 2007 to 2008.Whole Foods has plenty of room remaining to grow as it improves its density in large markets and expandsfurther into secondary markets.Read LessBears SayWhole Foods has a much wider customer base than it had during past economic downturns, and its top lineis proving to be much more sensitive to economic conditions.Unlike low-price leaders such as Wal-Mart WMT, Whole Foods dominates because of its brand image,which is trickier to manage and less impervious to competitive threats.The company has a high-price image among some consumers that may limit its long-term growth potential.Conventional grocery chains such as Safeway SWY have remodeled stores at a rapid clip and attempted tonarrow the gap with premium grocers like Whole Foodsin terms of shopping experience, product quality,and selection of takeout foods.In August 2007 Whole Foods acquired its main competitor -- Boulder, Colorado-based Wild Oats Markets-- in a deal valued at about $565 million (plus $106 million in debt). In early October the company sold 35 3. Henrys Farmers Market and Sun Harvest stores to a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based Smart & Final forabout $166 million. The stores, in California and Texas, were acquired with Wild Oats.The company launched a bi-monthly magazine called Whole Foods Market Magazine at its midwesternstores in 2008. On the heels of its disappointing third-quarter results in August 2008, shares of thecompanys stock fell to a six-year low and Whole Foods suspended its dividend. Blaming the pooreconomy, the company announced the layoffs of some 50 employees at its Austin headquarters in August2008. Overall, in fiscal 2008 the company introduced about 300 new private-label items.For the first time in its 29-year history, Whole Foods reported negative same-store sales in the quarterended December 2008 as traffic in its stores fell.In March 2009 the company reached a settlement in its long-running dispute with the FTC over itsacquisition of Wild Oats in 2007. Whole Foods agreed to sell 32 stores, including 19 Wild Oats locationsthat had already been closed. In exchange, the FTC dropped its crusade to undo the merger. In December2009 John Elstrott was named chairman of Whole Foods Market after Mackey voluntarily relinquished thechairmanship, which he had held since 1980. In May 2010 Walter Robb, formerly co-president ofthe company, was promoted to co-CEO of Whole Foods, a title he now shares with Mackey.In another move to put its troubles behind it, in late 2009 Whole Foods enigmatic founder, vegan-capitalistJohn Mackey, voluntarily relinquished the chairmans title to lead director John Elstrott. (The move cameabout two years after the companys shareholders proposed splitting the offices of chairman and CEO.) InMay 2010, the board promoted Walter Robb to co-CEO, a job he now shares with Mackey. By steppingdown as chairman, Mackey put a difficult and embarrassing chapter in his companys history behind it,including an investigation by the US Securities and Exchange Commission over his use of a fake onlineidentity and a battle with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over the Wild Oats takeover.Green Equity Investors owns about 10% of Whole Foods Market.Amounts are as of Dec 31, 2010 and compensation values are for the last fiscal year ending on that date. Pay is salary, bonuses,etc.Exercised is the value of options exercised during the fiscal year.Currency in USD.Mr. John P. Mackey , 58Co-Founder, Co-Chief Exec. Officer and Director 45.00K 77.00KMr. Walter Robb , 57Co-Chief Exec. Officer and Director751.00K95.00KMr. A. C. Gallo , 58Pres and Chief Operating Officer 751.00K139.00KAssociated NAICS Codes445210 Meat Markets445220 Fish and Seafood Markets445230 Fruit and Vegetable Markets445291 Baked Goods Stores445292 Confectionery and Nut Stores445299 All Other Specialty Food StoresAssociated SIC CodesHelp5421 Meat and fish markets5431 Fruit and vegetable markets5441 Candy, nut, and confectionery stores5451 Dairy products stores5461 Retail bakeries 4. NAICS CodesHelp445230 Fruit and Vegetable Markets445299 All Other Specialty Food Stores (primary)US SIC CodesHelp54110000 Grocery stores (primary)The US retail grocery industry includes about 65,000 supermarkets and othergrocery stores with combined annual revenue of about $470 billion. Majorcompanies include Kroger, Safeway, and SUPERVALU as well as Ahold, the USdivision of Netherlands-based Royal Ahold. The industry is concentrated: the 50largest companies generate about 70 percent of revenue.What are the companys biggest cost-savings opportunities in the supply chain?Because grocery retailing is generally a high volume/low margin business, effective supply chainmanagement is key to keeping costs low.Who are the companys most important suppliers?While large companies buy directly from manufacturers, small chains and independent retailersrely on wholesalers. Depending on product mix, companies may buy from many distributors anduse food brokers.What trade programs have been the most effective for the company?Volume discounts allow big chains to keep prices low. Manufacturers typically offer additionaltrade funds, which allow grocery stores to discount or promote certain products without sacrificingmargins.Competition from Alternative Retailers As alternative retailers realized thetraffic-driving power of food sales, the competitive set for grocery stores expandedand the battle over food dollars became more intense. By buying in enormousvolume, mass merchandisers and warehouse clubs have become low price leaders:Wal-Mart is the largest food retailer in the US and holds an estimated 30 percent ofthe grocery market, according to Janney Capital Markets. In addition, time-starvedconsumers are spending a greater percentage of food dollars away from home atrestaurants. Take-out food has helped restaurants cut into grocery stores share ofthe food market.S&PWhole Foods Market21-Oct-11 Nasdaq National Market Symbol WFMIn S&P 500Business SummaryCORPORATE OVERVIEW. Whole Foods Market, established in 1980, has grown into the largest U.S.retailer of natural and organic foods, with $9.0 billion in sales in FY 10 (Sep.). Reflecting a series of storeopenings and acquisitions, the company has expanded from a single Austin, TX, store in 1980 to a chain ofabout 300 stores in 37 states plus Washington, DC, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The company strivesto differentiate its stores from those of its competitors by tailoring its product mix, customer service attitudeand store environment to appeal to health conscious and gourmet customers.CORPORATE STRATEGY. The company opens or acquires stores in existing regions, and in metropolitanareas in which it believes it can become the leading natural foods supermarket retailer. In developing new 5. stores, WFMs seeks to open large format units of 35,000 sq. ft. to 50,000 sq. ft., located on premium sites,often in urban, highly populated areas. Although approximately 30% of its store base consists of acquiredstores, the company expects more of its future growth to come from developing new stores. As ofDecember 2010, WFMs had signed leases for 56 stores averaging approximately 37,800