Whole Foods Market
Whole Foods Market Inc. is a U.S. publicly traded company and the world's largest operator of Biosupermarktkette. The company was founded in 1980 in Austin ( Texas) by four businessmen, with the intent to sell only "natural " foods in supermarkets.
From 1984, more stores were opened outside of Austin ( Houston, Dallas and New Orleans). The growth was mainly driven by mergers and acquisitions. Meanwhile, the company operates more than 300 stores in the U.S., Canada and the UK (as of 2010 ).
The company mainly specialized in the sale of food " natural" origin. Among the various articles include, among others: meat, fish, baked goods, beverages, personal care products and household products. According to the company, none of the food offered and other products contain artificial additives. The stores generally offer high product quality and partly high-priced specialties from Europe that do not belong in the United States to the usual range of a supermarket.
The Company's shares are traded on the NASDAQ with the code WFM.