AUSTIN, Texas (Dec. 31, 2015) – Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: WFM) is proud to have been recognized by many industry groups and publications in the past year.

The following is a list of top awards and accolades that Whole Foods Market and its team members received in 2015:

• For the 18th consecutive year, Whole Foods Market was named to FORTUNE’s ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ list.
• Whole Foods Market ranked first in the food and drug store industry, and No. 18 overall on FORTUNE’s ‘World’s Most Admired Companies.’
• FORTUNE ranked Whole Foods Market No. 30 on its list of 50 companies that ‘Change the World’ by being at the forefront of food consciousness, noting the company’s role in creating the market for natural, healthy food.
• Whole Foods Market also made FORTUNE’s ‘Blue Ribbon Companies’ list for 2015.
• Jason Buechel, Whole Foods Market’s executive vice president and chief information officer, was named to FORTUNE’s ‘40 Under 40’ list.
• Greenpeace named Whole Foods Market the top retailer for seafood sustainability in the nonprofit’s annual ranking of U.S. supermarkets. Whole Foods Market has topped the seafood sustainability list for three consecutive years.
• Newsweek listed Whole Foods Market as one of the ‘Top Green Companies in the U.S.
• Whole Foods Market ranked on Forbes’ ‘100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America.’
• Whole Foods Market co-CEO John Mackey was No. 14 on The Daily Meal’s ‘America’s 50 Most Powerful People in Food.’
• Whole Foods Market ranked second in the Conscious Consumer Spending Index’s inaugural ‘Top 20 Good Company’ poll.
• Whole Foods Market ranked No. 4. On Sagefrog’s ‘Top 50 Most Trusted Brands in America’ list.
• Investopedia named Whole Foods Market one of the ‘Best 5 Grocery Companies to Work For.’
• FORTUNE magazine listed Whole Foods Market among the ‘9 biggest places to buy food.’
Accelerate America recognized Whole Foods Market for being one of the leading users of natural refrigerant.
• The American Cheese Society honored Cathy Strange, Whole Foods Market’s global cheese buyer, with a lifetime achievement award.
Compassion in World Farming recognized Whole Foods Market with a Good Sow Commendation and Global Good Egg Award for the company’s animal welfare efforts.
• Whole Foods Market was named one of America’s most reputable companies for corporate social responsibility by Reputation Institute.
• The Better World Shopping Guide awarded Whole Foods Market an “A-” rating in its latest edition.
• Whole Foods Market’s Santa Rosa store earned an EPA GreenChill Store Re-Certification Excellence Award.