Whole Foods Market Inc. is an American supermarket chain exclusively featuring foods without artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, sweeteners, and hydrogenated fats.
A preservative is a substance or a chemical that is added to products such as food, beverages, pharmaceutical drugs, paints, biological samples, cosmetics, wood, and many other products to prevent decomposition by microbial growth or by undesirable chemical changes.
A supermarket, a large form of the traditional grocery store, is a self-service shop offering a wide variety of food and household products, organized into aisles.
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It is the United States' first certified organic grocer, which means it ensures, to National Organic Program standards, organic integrity of the heterogeneous products from the time they reach stores until they are placed in a shopping cart.
Homogeneity and heterogeneity are concepts often used in the sciences and statistics relating to the uniformity in a substance or organism.
In the United States, the National Organic Program is the federal regulatory framework governing organic food.
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It opened on September 20, 1980, in Austin, Texas, its current headquarters.
Texas is the second largest state in the United States by both area and population.
Austin is the capital of the U.S. state of Texas and the seat of Travis County.
As of September 2015, it has 91,000 employees and 431 supermarkets in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, and has its main produce procurement office in Watsonville, California.
Watsonville is a city in Santa Cruz County, California, United States.
As of 2015, founder John Mackey and Walter Robb are co-CEOs of the publicly traded company, with John Elstrott as chairman.
In November 2016, the company announced that Walter Robb would be stepping down as co-CEO at the end of year and would remain with the company as a director.
It became a Fortune 500 company in March 2005 and is the 30th largest retailer in the U.S., based on 2014 revenue.
The Fortune 500 is an annual list compiled and published by Fortune magazine that ranks 500 of the largest U.S. corporations by total revenue for their respective fiscal years.