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Yesterday, MNB took note of the decision by Whole Foods CEO john Mackey to give the chain a makeover – to get away from the company’s “whole paycheck” image and increasing dependence on gourmet foods, and get back to its roots of healthy living.

In Mackey’s case, healthy also apparently means well-funded. There are reports that Mackey sold 50,000 shares of Whole Foods stock this week at $27.85 per share, netting more than a million bucks in the process.

Barron’s reports that “Whole Foods has had a blowout 2009. Year-to-date, the stock has rocketed 204%, compared to the 2.1% drop seen by the Dow Jones U.S. Food Retailers & Wholesalers Index and the broader market's 12.8% gain.” It also notes that that this deal leaves Mackey holding more than 1.1 million shares in the company, or less than one percent of the company’s total outstanding shares.
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