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July 24, 1996 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Goodbye, Mrs. Gooch. The name of that Southern California pioneer of eating right, Sandy Gooch, disappears today from the signs of the natural food stores she sold three years ago to the fast-growing Whole Foods Markets chain out of Austin, Texas. The name change signals a shift in direction after a restructuring of the Southern California operation, which has most recently been known as Mrs. Gooch's Whole Foods.
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April 28, 1997 | CLAIRE VITUCCI
Cal State Northridge will host a career conference this week in an effort to prepare women for the jobs of the future. The Careers for Women gathering Wednesday will showcase the fastest-growing industries in the Valley: arts and entertainment, entrepreneurship and high technology, said Adele Scheele, director of CSUN's career center. "Women need this more than ever," Scheele said. "The recession cost everybody jobs and was harder hitting for women."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1995
Encouraged by samplings of vegetarian hors d'oeuvres made by well-known local chefs, Los Angeles school officials have agreed to work with health food maven Sandy Gooch to revamp the cafeteria menu at a Westside high school in a pilot program to improve meals at city schools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1995
Heightened awareness of the need to start eating right at an early age has helped to improve school lunch menus; still, it's a good bet that most youngsters don't rush to the school lunchroom in search of broccoli or fresh carrots. Nonetheless, Los Angeles' Sandy Gooch, the health food market founder, and some of her culinary companions are preparing to do battle with youth staples such as cholesterol-heavy burgers and oily fries.
BUSINESS
May 13, 1993 | JILL BETTNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mrs. Gooch's Natural Food Markets, based in Sherman Oaks, said Wednesday that it agreed to be acquired by Whole Foods Market Inc. in a $56-million stock deal that merges the nation's two biggest natural-food supermarket chains. Whole Foods, based in Austin, Tex., has 22 stores in Texas and five other states. In fiscal 1992, it reportedly earned $3.1 million on sales of about $120 million. Privately owned Mrs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 1996 | MATEA GOLD
Cold, greasy pizza. Dry hamburgers. Stale nachos loaded with lumps of hardened cheese. To hear some Venice High School students tell it, the cafeteria was a danger zone--so much so that students would sneak off campus and hit nearby fast-food restaurants for lunch. But unappetizing trays of food could be a thing of the past.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 1995 | RICHARD KAHLENBERG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
This Saturday, a few days before Thanksgiving, is the day chosen by a group of San Fernando Valley moms to take their kids to a vegetarian potluck picnic in the park. No, they're not killjoys out to brainwash their little ones against knocking off turkeys and piggies for the holiday table.
NEWS
March 4, 1993 | RICHARD KAHLENBERG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Organic (food) sales in conventional supermarkets have been a bust," reported thS. grocery trade magazine The Packer last week. But Ventura County consumers seem to be ignoring the suggestion that nobody is interested in food produced in an environmentally friendly way. Local storekeepers who specialize in foods without added chemicals, pesticides and artificial fertilizers--foods that include produce, cereals, juices, soups and even organically raised beef--are experiencing a boom.
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