August 8, 2002 |
Whole Foods Market Inc., the nation's largest natural-foods grocer, said earnings climbed 37% in its fiscal third quarter and boosted its full-year forecast. Net income rose to $22.1 million, or 36 cents a share, in the period ended July 7, as sales jumped 21% to $648.7 million from $535.6 million. The Austin, Texas-based retailer is luring customers with gourmet foods, a wide selection of meat and fish and private-label goods, which are more profitable than national brands, analysts have said.
December 7, 2012 |
Steven Wynbrandt sticks his hand deep beneath the layers of straw that blanket his enormous compost heap and pulls out a fistful of black gold, sweet and earthy. “Look at this soil,” Wynbrandt says with excitement as his fingers open, revealing his secret recipe for compost: decomposed dairy cow manure, alfalfa, yarrow, camomile, stinging nettle, oak bark, dandelion and valerian flowers. “I'm an alchemist.” PHOTOS: The Wynbrandt backyard As further proof that compost is to gardening these days what grass-fed beef and gluten-free gourmet foods are to the world of food, the Wynbrandt compost heap photographed by the Los Angeles Times would later sell through word of mouth for $1 a pound.
March 14, 1991 |
New L'Unique Shop: Like Cartier, a few other businesses are confident enough to be expanding during a recession. L'Unique Gift Co. in Irvine is opening a new store at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, which will be called the L'Unique Gourmet Co. The store will specialize in gourmet foods and kitchen items when it opens next month near I. Magnin, said Marsha Uri, a co-owner along with Eleanor Genuardi and Suzanne Skinner.
November 10, 2003 |
Have a craving for Le Cochon d'Or smoked ham from Cap-de-la-Madeleine in Quebec? How about some Yarmouth Island lobster hors d'oeuvres or Mama Africa's Zulu lemon, garlic, jalepeno relish? Those and thousands of other regional specialties are being offered by online bookstore giant Amazon.com in its latest move to diversify from its core business of selling books and music.
June 2, 1993 |
Having won over frugal shoppers with basic private-label lines, the nation's supermarkets are now trying to lure other customers with their brands of gourmet-style coffees, ice creams and fresh pasta sauces. Vons is tempting customers with its Royal Request espresso-flavored ice cream. Ralphs is serving up Private Selection soft drinks, introduced over Memorial Day weekend. In Northern California, Safeway is enticing shoppers with its own chunky chocolate chip cookies.
January 9, 1986 |
Only two years ago, the possibility of walking into a retail market and finding fish from Galilee, red shrimp from Spain, John Dory from New Zealand, loup de mer from the Mediterranean and dozens of other exotic fish from around the world was nil. In those days, only first-rate restaurants were recipients of precious air-flown cargo from the world over. Things are different today. Flying Foods International Inc.