Whole Foods Market’s relocated Lexington store to open on June 23

LEXINGTON, Ky., 2017-Jun-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market’s relocated Lexington store, set to open Friday, June 23, at 4059 Finn Way, will feature a pub and an outside fire pit area, as well as expanded selections of local products and innovations across departments. The store will open its doors following an 8:45 a.m. bread-breaking ceremony.

“We are excited to share this store and its expanded features and product offerings with new shoppers and longtime Whole Foods Market customers alike,” said Melissa Arnett, the Lexington store’s team leader. “The store will include many new and locally sourced and seasonal products that meet our high quality standards. Whether you come for self-serve mochi, wood-fired pizza, local beer on tap at the Barn Door Tap Room or scratch-made bread, the store will be a new gathering place for the community.”

The store, designed to reflect Lexington’s rich history by using a reclaimed barn door and recycled bourbon barrel tops with pops of bold colors, will offer the highest quality natural and organic products, including fresh produce, meat, seafood and prepared foods. Every item meets Whole Foods Market’s rigorous quality standards and is free of artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, preservatives and hydrogenated fats.

The 40,000-square-foot store includes:

  • The Barn Door Tap Room, which features a seasonal farm-to-table menu and 32 taps, many of which will offer local craft beer.
  • More than 75 local suppliers providing products, ranging from seasonal produce to fresh pasta to barbecue sauce.
  • Scratch bread made in-house with spent grain from Barrel House Distilling Co.
  • Expanded selection across all departments, with an emphasis on organic and locally sourced products.
  • Self-serve mochi ice cream bar.
  • Exclusive partnership with the Pie Queen of Bowling Green.
  • Outdoor seating with a fire pit.

Media preview tours will be held June 21 and 22 – Whole Foods Market representatives will be available for interview on site. Please contact MAmedia@wholefoods.com with questions, or to set up a store tour.

Contact:
SOmedia@wholefoods.com

Source: Whole Foods Market

RILA and The Solar Foundation analysis: Whole Foods Market’s approach to rooftop solar installations outlines measures for other retailers to consider

Arlington , VA, 2016-Sep-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — A new analysis by the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and The Solar Foundation found that Whole Foods Market’s approach to rooftop solar installations in multiple facilities could be a valuable model for other retailers to consider.

The analysis, “Whole Foods Market — Making the Case for Rapid Solar Rollouts,” outlines how the grocer will complete solar installations at multiple facilities within two years. Whole Foods Market recently announced a plan to retrofit approximately 100 facilities with rooftop solar by 2017, in addition to the 40 solar installations already completed by the end of 2015.

“Whole Foods Market is going solar using an innovative approach that will save money, save time, and benefit the environment,” said Andrea Luecke, President and Executive Director at The Solar Foundation. “We hope that other retailers will look to this approach as a guide for how to rapidly install solar across multiple facilities.”

“Whole Foods Market was able to find sensible solutions to many common challenges retailers face when implementing solar and ultimately created a smart pathway for expansion,” said Erin Hiatt, RILA’s senior manager, sustainability and compliance. “With more and more businesses exploring solar as a highly cost effective way to expand renewable energy generation, Whole Foods Market offers a replicable approach for the industry.”

To accomplish this solar rollout expeditiously, Whole Foods Market has to overcome several challenges, the analysis finds. First, negotiating separate arrangements with landlords for each unique solar project can be time-consuming and expensive. Second, roof quality can be a concern, especially in older buildings. Finally, the costs of financing each project can be inconsistent and uncertain.

Whole Foods Market addressed these challenges in two different ways. First, toward the end of the last decade, they began including standardized language in their solar leases, which paved the way for future solar development. Earlier this year, the grocer selected two firms, NRG and SolarCity, to develop the new rooftop solar systems. Working with a small number of system providers (two), Whole Foods Market was able to benefit from better terms, volume pricing, and consistent, field-tested hardware.

In the analysis, Whole Foods Market recommends that based on its experience, other retailers interested in rolling out solar rooftop installations:

  • Start as early as possible to assess lease language and terms, establish solar-enabling language in new leases and renewals, and talk with landlords to gauge their interest in solar.
  • Understand the building stock. Obtain structural and electrical plans, roof membrane warranties, and determine the expected life of the roof.
  • Consider a limited vendor, multi-location approach to achieve economies of scale.

The complete analysis can be found here.

About The Solar Foundation
Our mission is to accelerate adoption of the world’s most abundant energy source. Through our leadership, research, and capacity building, we create transformative solutions to achieve a prosperous future in which solar technology is integrated into all aspects of our lives. Visit us at TheSolarFoundation.org.

About the Retail Industry Leaders Association
RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

Contact:

Caroline Stec
Manager, Communications
Phone: 703-600-2082
Email: caroline.stec@rila.org

Source: Retail Industry Leaders Association

RILA / The Solar Foundation: Whole Foods Market’s rooftop solar installations could be a valuable model for other retailers to consider

Arlington , VA , 2016-Sep-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — A new analysis by the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and The Solar Foundation found that Whole Foods Market’s approach to rooftop solar installations in multiple facilities could be a valuable model for other retailers to consider.

The analysis, “Whole Foods Market — Making the Case for Rapid Solar Rollouts,” outlines how the grocer will complete solar installations at multiple facilities within two years. Whole Foods Market recently announced a plan to retrofit approximately 100 facilities with rooftop solar by 2017, in addition to the 40 solar installations already completed by the end of 2015.

“Whole Foods Market is going solar using an innovative approach that will save money, save time, and benefit the environment,” said Andrea Luecke, President and Executive Director at The Solar Foundation. “We hope that other retailers will look to this approach as a guide for how to rapidly install solar across multiple facilities.”

“Whole Foods Market was able to find sensible solutions to many common challenges retailers face when implementing solar and ultimately created a smart pathway for expansion,” said Erin Hiatt, RILA’s senior manager, sustainability and compliance. “With more and more businesses exploring solar as a highly cost effective way to expand renewable energy generation, Whole Foods Market offers a replicable approach for the industry.”

To accomplish this solar rollout expeditiously, Whole Foods Market has to overcome several challenges, the analysis finds. First, negotiating separate arrangements with landlords for each unique solar project can be time-consuming and expensive. Second, roof quality can be a concern, especially in older buildings. Finally, the costs of financing each project can be inconsistent and uncertain.

Whole Foods Market addressed these challenges in two different ways. First, toward the end of the last decade, they began including standardized language in their solar leases, which paved the way for future solar development. Earlier this year, the grocer selected two firms, NRG and SolarCity, to develop the new rooftop solar systems. Working with a small number of system providers (two), Whole Foods Market was able to benefit from better terms, volume pricing, and consistent, field-tested hardware.

In the analysis, Whole Foods Market recommends that based on its experience, other retailers interested in rolling out solar rooftop installations:

  • Start as early as possible to assess lease language and terms, establish solar-enabling language in new leases and renewals, and talk with landlords to gauge their interest in solar.
  • Understand the building stock. Obtain structural and electrical plans, roof membrane warranties, and determine the expected life of the roof.
  • Consider a limited vendor, multi-location approach to achieve economies of scale.

The complete analysis can be found here.

About The Solar Foundation
Our mission is to accelerate adoption of the world’s most abundant energy source. Through our leadership, research, and capacity building, we create transformative solutions to achieve a prosperous future in which solar technology is integrated into all aspects of our lives. Visit us at TheSolarFoundation.org.

About the Retail Industry Leaders Association
RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

Contact:

Caroline Stec
Manager, Communications
Phone: 703-600-2082
Email: caroline.stec@rila.org

Source: RILA

Whole Foods Market’s 2016 Prosperity Campaign for Whole Planet Foundation raised $3.26 million

AUSTIN, Texas, 2016-Jun-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market customers, team members, supplier sponsors and online donors raised a combined $3.26 million to alleviate global poverty during the company’s 2016 Prosperity Campaign for Whole Planet Foundation this spring.

Every dollar raised will go to support the foundation’s work to fund micro credit for poverty relief in communities across the U.S., Canada and the U.K., where Whole Foods Market operates stores, as well as in 66 other countries where the company sources products. Microloans are small loans – usually less than $300 – with no contract or collateral, offered to the world’s poorest for the opportunity to create or expand a home-based business and generate income for their families.

“Thanks to shopper generosity, Whole Planet Foundation will be able to give an additional 94,100 people the chance to lift themselves out of poverty through microcredit and change their own lives,” said Philip Sansone, president and executive director for Whole Planet Foundation.

Whole Foods Market covers 100 percent of Whole Planet Foundation’s operating expenses to ensure that all donations benefit microcredit clients. Since 2006, the foundation has disbursed more than $53 million in microloans through microfinance partners worldwide. Those dollars have funded more than 1.4 million microloans, giving 7.8 million people across the globe a chance for a better life.

To learn more about Whole Planet Foundation and its commitment to global poverty alleviation, visit wholeplanetfoundation.org.

Contact:

Darrah Gist
darrah.gist@wholefoods.com
678.638.5888

Lauren Bernath
lauren.bernath@wholefoods.com
678.638.5805

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Whole Foods Market's 2016 Prosperity Campaign for Whole Planet Foundation raised $3.26 million
Whole Foods Market’s 2016 Prosperity Campaign for Whole Planet Foundation raised $3.26 million

 

Source: Whole Foods

Whole Foods Market’s® Local Producer Loan Program provided $20 million in loans to independent producers and artisans since 2007

Local Producer Loan Program has backed 250 groundbreaking brands and growers since 2007

AUSTIN, Texas, 2016-Jun-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Since its inception in 2007, Whole Foods Market’s ® (NASDAQ: WFM) Local Producer Loan Program has provided a total of $20 million in low-interest loans to independent producers and artisans.

The program reached its latest milestone at the end of May with a loan provided to Canteen, a Portland, Oregon-based café and juice bar, which will be a Friends of 365 partner at the Lake Oswego location of 365 by Whole Foods Market™. Within the Lake Oswego store, Canteen will feature design elements from its flagship shop in Portland, and will serve an innovative menu of organic juices and smoothies as well as a select mix of other food items.

“We are privileged to work with such dedicated and driven loan recipients, and are so proud to play a part in their growth by providing mentorship and guidance, as well as capital,” said Betsy Foster, Whole Foods Market’s global vice president of growth and development. “We have loved working with our recipients to innovate, and collaborating to advance healthy ingredients and sustainable farming practices while creating some new household names.”

To date, LPLP has provided 310 loans to 252 recipients in 42 states and two Canadian provinces. Loans average about $65,000 with an average interest rate of 5 percent. Loan recipients have used their loans for purchasing livestock, investing in new equipment, expanding production facilities, adapting to more sustainable practices or converting to organic production.

Forty-eight percent of all recipients are women-owned businesses. Organic, biodynamic, or non-GMO certified companies make up 34 percent of recipients; and 10 percent hold at least one social certification such as Fair Trade, B Corp, Youth Trade, or Global Animal Partnership animal welfare ratings.

Thirty percent of LPLP recipients are agricultural businesses, supplying meat or produce to Whole Foods Market stores, or contributing ingredients to the supply chain of other products like an organic chicken feed company that sells to egg and poultry producers.

Unlike traditional lenders, Whole Foods Market charges no closing fees, no fees for early repayment, and a minimal loan origination fee. Loan recipients’ products must meet Whole Foods Market’s quality standards, and recipients must use the funds for expansion and have a viable business plan.

Learn more about the roster of household names and local favorites who have participated in the Local Producer Loan Program: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/mission-values/caring-communities/local-producer-loan-program. Follow the latest recipients and brand stories on the program’s Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/LocalProducerLoanProgram/.

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Whole Foods Market’s® Local Producer Loan Program provided $20 million in loans to independent producers and artisans since 2007

Whole Foods Market’s® Local Producer Loan Program provided $20 million in loans to independent producers and artisans since 2007