Whole Foods founder Mackey weighs in on grocer’s resurgence, future

It’s a good time to be Whole Foods.

The natural foods grocer has roared back from the recession, rebounding in sales and profits and once again becoming a Wall Street darling. Analysts say the company accomplished a rare feat: cutting down on expenses while simultaneously becoming a better retailer.

And the company has throttled up on new stores, with 24 to 27 projected for fiscal year 2012, including two new Austin-area stores, at Shops at Arbor Trails on South MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) and the Hill Country Galleria in Bee Cave.

But that’s only part of the post-recession story.

Whole Foods has also used its momentum to focus on other efforts like healthy eating education and demanding higher standards from its suppliers (requiring better treatment of poultry and livestock, for example).

Those measures have the potential to filter down to the rest of the grocery industry, given Whole Foods’ position as the leading natural foods grocer in the country.

READ MORE: http://www.statesman.com/business/whole-foods-founder-mackey-weighs-in-on-grocers-2038672.html

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