A Facebook friend posted a incident he experienced ay Whole Foods recently. He agreed to let me share it with you readers. It is below unedited:
OK, so to follow-up on what happened at Whole Foods this morning. I took the picture of the Santa Cruz Organic display in the front of the store – like right when you walk in – and posted it here. When I went in to do my shopping, a woman approached me identifying herself as ‘the manager’. She asked why I took a picture of the front display. I told her that I had some friends that would enjoy the irony of why Whole Foods was displaying, with such prominence, a product with a ton of sugar. She said, “Santa Cruz Organic is a great company and we are they largest retailer. We have to display what corporate tells us to display based on what they send us.” I then asked her if she knew how much sugar was in one serving. She said no. I told her 25 grams. She said, “Well, it’s all organic so it’s …not bad for you and we sell a ton of it.” I asked her if Whole Foods would ever sell Coke. She said, “No way. It’s horrible for you.” I told her that Coke only has 8 more grams of sugar per serving that what’s in that lemonade. She said that’s not true. I googled on my phone and showed her the numbers. She asked me to remove the picture from my phone or she would do it for me. I refused. She then said, “Well, people like it and we sell a lot and the company [Santa Cruz Organic] relies on them to sell their products. And it’s at a great price.” I told her that it was too bad that their customers were being fooled into buying a product positioned as ‘whole’ and ‘healthy’. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised….
|INGREDIENTS: FILTERED WATER, ORGANIC EVAPORATED CANE JUICE, ORGANIC LEMON JUICE CONCENTRATE, ORGANIC LEMON JUICE, ORGANIC NATURAL LEMON FLAVOR.|
|25g of SUGAR per serving. 4 servings in bottle = 100g of sugar|
Now, let’s be clear in what is in each of these. “Organic” Evaporated Cane Juice vs. High Fructose Corn Syrup. Does this make a difference?
No … it doesn’t … and that’s where the public has been misled. Your body doesn’t know the difference between “organic” sugar and normal sugar, covered in MANY studies and text, including Dr. Lustig’s “Fat Chance” and Gary Taubes “Why We Get Fat … “. Besides that, doesn’t the fact that a human had a hand in the making of the evaporated cane sugar make it NON-organic??
But this post really isn’t about that …
I think it’s amazing that a manager at a business actually thinks it’s OK to take someone’s phone to remove a picture. It goes beyond the point that she thinks the product is “OK” because “we sell tons of it”. That line of thinking would make cocaine and meth OK too. A lot of that is sold as well.
But Meth isn’t NSNG so I digress …
Another Facebook connection commented on the above post stating that he had been taking a couple of pictures as well and as approached by store staff asking him to remove the pictures from his phone. What exactly is the deal with Whole Foods and why are they paranoid about pictures being taken of their product? It must be a company policy if people in different areas experience the same treatment, right? So what is it? If what they are selling is truly whole foods, and natural, and organic, then why should they care if people share that information?
Whole Foods and a few other “natural” food chains were in the news recently because they have been forced to sell GMO-foods. I use the word “forced” because that was how the article phrased it. I doubt they were forced that much, considering the money involved. The question I would ask is if Whole Foods, and their like, will inform the customer clearly or will they stock the products within all of the others? My suggestion would be to create a section in the market, kind of like Publix does with the “Greenwise” brands, where they put all of the GMO products. Let’s see how well it sells then.
Unfortunately, it would never happen.
I’m leaving now to go take some pictures at Whole Foods.