Whole Foods Market Inc: Trade Profile and Import Sources

Whole Foods Market Inc

Whole Foods Market Inc is a company that is devoted to offering untainted whole foods. The premise of the company stands on giving people an alternative to buying processed foods. It boasts supporting local growers and local producers by offering these local goods at a large retail market. Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas (click here for Austin Trade Profile) Whole Foods has more than 310 stores in North America and the United Kingdom. Its headquarters is still located in Austin, Texas.  2007 Fortune magazine ranked Whole Foods Market as the 5th best company to work for. Because of the company’s stance on local food production, it is interesting to see where the main shipments of imports come from and what they are.

Whole Foods Market Imports by Country

With PIERS Prospects we are able to see where goods are from, what is in the shipments, and where they land. Aggregated, we can analyze trends. Between November 2010 and November 2011 Whole Foods Market Inc imported 376 waterborne shipments with an estimated value of 9.4 million dollars. Costa Rica and Italy were the top sources for imported products. Costa Rica sent 260 shipments with a value of 1.2 million dollars and Italy sent 86 shipments with an estimated value of 7.9 million dollars.  Freeport Texas receives 37% of these shipments, while Philadelphia receives 32%, and Long Beach, California receives 19%. Complete excel data sheets are available in any one of these categories.

Costa Rica and Italy’s Shipments to Whole Foods

Costa Rica shipped substantially more than Italy at 260 shipments verses 86 shipments, yet Costa Rica’s estimated value is almost 7 times lower than that of Italy. Obviously Italian products shipped were worth more than Costa Rican products. When we compare the two countries’ shipping records side by side, we see that Costa Rica only supplies bananas and plantains, while Italy supplies mineral water, salt, orange juice, and essential citrus oils. If you would like your own copy of the excel data file for Costa Rica’s exports to Whole Foods Market click here, for Italy’s click here.

Whole Foods Market Inc top countries of import United States, Costa Rica, Italy, France shipments plantains, banana, water estimated value 2011

Water mineral Italy shipments to United States import market Whole Foods Inc

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