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Whole Foods is keeping more of its projects under wraps, according to insiders.
"I've been in meetings where I've been asked to leave," a corporate employee at Whole Foods' global headquarters in Austin, Texas, told Business Insider.
Whole Foods' chief information officer, Jason Buechel, discussed the shift to less transparency in a company-wide meeting on Tuesday.
"One of the things that's a little different is we're not able to be as transparent as what we were before," he said, according to audio of the meeting obtained by Business Insider.
He said it's a "pivot" for Whole Foods' culture, but said the "art of surprise" is "helping the company substantially" by building up buzz around new projects.
The shift could have been influenced by Amazon, which has used a similar tactic to create massive buzz around its search for the site of its second headquarters.
Whole Foods is becoming a more secretive company under Amazon's ownership, according to insiders.
The company is keeping more of its projects under wraps, and in some cases, it's asking employees to leave meetings that might reveal information about those projects, a corporate employee at Whole Foods' global headquarters in Austin, Texas, told Business Insider.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Sneaky ways Costco gets you to buy moreSee Also:'I ultimately am not afraid to get fired': Leaked audio captures Whole Foods CEO John Mackey describing clashes with AmazonAmazon just scored a major win in Seattle, and it shows HQ2 is already doing what it was likely designed to doGoogle now lets you see what's on shelves at stores near you, and it's a powerful new weapon against AmazonSEE ALSO: 'I ultimately am not afraid to get fired': Leaked audio captures Whole Foods CEO John Mackey describing clashes with Amazon