— In The News —
Whole Foods Market Division Buys Hot Springs, Water Bottler Near Council
Idaho Business Review | July 18, 2013
By: Brad Iverson-Long
A subsidiary of Whole Foods Market has purchased a hot spring and bottled water company in Adams County west of McCall and filed trademarks for a brand of bottled water. The grocery store, which opened a location in Boise in November 2012, has purchased the Starkey Hot Springs, campground and water rights as well as Cuddy Mountain Water in nearby Council.
Austin-based Whole Foods has 340 stores in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States, and reported sales of $11.7 billion in fiscal year 2012. Whole Foods/Allegro, a subsidiary of Whole Foods, is planning to develop a brand of bottled natural spring water that it can sell at Whole Foods grocery stores. Allegro is also the name of coffee shops located inside Whole Foods stores.
Former Cuddy Mountain Water owner Floyd “Butch” Snorgrass, who opened Cuddy Mountain Water in 2002, confirmed that he sold his business to Whole Foods. He said he wasn’t making any money on the bottled water business and was happy to sell it. He said Whole Foods may need to spend money to improve the facilities at the bottled water plant.
Council, about 125 miles north of Boise, has a population of about 850.