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Whole Foods Removes HFCS-Containing Products From California Stores, But Not Nationwide

November 24, 2010: 06:22 AM EST

Whole Foods said that starting in January 1, 2011, the company will stop selling products that contain high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in its stores in northern California. Whole Foods regional grocery buyer Parrish Placencia has admitted in an email that the company has “historically sold only a few products that contain HFCS.” This confirms some customers’ complaint that the company has been selling HFCS-containing products for some time. Whole Foods’ practice of using HFCS as an ingredient in its own pastries and cookies means the organic food retailer has no basis for selling these products at premium prices. The company indicates it  has no interest in removing HFCS-containing products from its stores nationwide.

Kelsey Blackwell, "Whole Foods drops products with high fructose corn syrup, kind of", New Hope 360 Blog, November 24, 2010, © New Hope 360
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