1.4.2003: Meldung: Wild Oats 19th of "100 Best Corporate Citizens"

Wild Oats Markets, Inc. (Nasdaq: OATS - News), a leading national natural and organic foods retailer, today announced that it has been named 19th on Business Ethics magazine"s annual "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list for 2003.

Business Ethics magazine, the premier publication for socially responsible business, bases its ranking on quantitative measures of corporate service to seven stakeholder groups: stockholders, employees, customers, the community, the environment, overseas stakeholders and women and minorities.

"We are extremely honored to be selected as a top corporate citizen by Business Ethics magazine," said Perry Odak, President and Chief Executive Officer of Wild Oats Markets. "Wild Oats is passionate about supporting the communities in which we do business and are committed to protecting the environment and our families for generations to come."

Sonja Tuitele
Director of Corporate Communications

As part of Wild Oats" mission to promote health and well-being among customers, employees, local communities and the environment, Wild Oats supports non-profit, local and national organizations with small budgets and big hearts.

Wild Oats supports local communities through its well-known Giving Program, including four "5% Days" each year, whereby five percent of each store"s total sales for the day are donated to a local nonprofit group. Additionally, to encourage recycling and reusing grocery bags, customers who bring their own bags to the store receive either a 5 cent refund or a Wooden Nickel for each bag, which is then donated to local nonprofit groups. Wild Oats is also known for supporting local community events through in-kind donations and food sponsorships.

With each new store opening, Wild Oats donates $10,000 to a local nonprofit organization, and recent donations have funded organic community gardens in Long Beach, Calif., Portland, Maine, and Louisville, Ky., as well as playground equipment in Costa Mesa, Calif. when the Company opened its newest Henry"s Marketplace store. Also, the Wild Oats Albuquerque store recently held its Grand Re-opening on March 29 and donated funds for a long- term gift to the Albuquerque community to improve, enhance and restore the New Mexico wilderness.

With progressive benefits that include a community volunteer work benefit, whereby Wild Oats pays its employees for up to 52 hours each year for volunteering with local nonprofit groups, and a commitment to socially responsible business practices, such as Fair Trade coffee and organic agricultural practices, Wild Oats is committed to delivering value to all its stakeholders. The Company also launched a tree donation program last summer to raise money for the National Arbor Day Foundation to plant trees in areas devastated by wildfires. Wild Oats raised nearly $50,000, which purchased more that 100,000 tree seedlings for this important environmental effort.

"It is an honor to be recognized for our hard work in our communities," said Mr. Odak. "We will continue to strive to do more to protect the health and well-being of our customers, employees, communities and the environment, as this is the heart of our mission at Wild Oats."

About Wild Oats

Wild Oats Markets, Inc. is a nationwide chain of natural and organic foods markets in the U.S. and Canada. The Company operates 102 natural foods stores in 25 states and British Columbia, Canada. The Company"s markets include: Wild Oats Natural Marketplace, Henry"s Marketplace, Nature"s -- a Wild Oats Market, Sun Harvest and Capers Community Markets. For more information, please visit the Company"s website at www.wildoats.com.
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