Austin, Texas - Whole Foods Market earned the top spot in Greenpeace’s annual seafood sustainability ranking of U.S. supermarkets, claiming both the highest overall score and the strongest sustainable seafood policy. Whole Foods Market has been ranked first for the last two years in a row.
Greenpeace’s 2014 Carting Away the Ocean’s (CATO) VIII report ranks 26 major retailers in four areas: policy, initiatives, labeling and transparency, and red-list inventory. Whole Foods Market’s stringent purchasing policies for wild-caught fish, partnerships with leading scientific organizations, public advocacy, pioneering transparency and labeling, customer education, fishmonger expertise and industry-leading aquaculture standards all contributed to the company’s continued leadership in seafood sustainability.
“Whole Foods Market’s mission towards a fully sustainable seafood department is about providing the right choices for customers, making it easier for them to find the highest quality, most sustainable seafood anywhere,” said David Pilat, global seafood coordinator for Whole Foods Market. “We’re proud to be recognized by Greenpeace for our seafood industry leadership and will continue to honor the oceans through our sourcing, so people worldwide can be nourished by seafood into the future.”