Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO, Amazon
With AmazonFresh.com rolling out to new California markets, Amazon is the retailer to watch. Analysts said the online retailer's high yearly grocery fee of $300 makes Amazon most likely to impact higher-end chains like Whole Foods or Costco.
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Mark Bittman, food critic, New York Times
New York Times
columnist Mark Bittman advises readers how to cook and what to eat. He is part of a greater group of advocates that calls for great accountability in the food industry.
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Sam Duncan, president and CEO, Supervalu
Sam Duncan began leading the reconstruction of Supervalu in February. "What we are really great at is being a wholesaler," said Duncan. "That will definitely be our primary focus."
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Robert Edwards, President and CEO, Safeway
Under Robert Edward's leadership, "There’s clearly been a shift in thinking that seems to suggest a very shareholder-friendly approach," said Andrew Wolf, managing director of the Boston office of BB&T Capital Markets.
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Gen Y, "The Millennials"
This group of 18- to 34-year old consumers are known for their desire for corporate good and love of QSR and private brands. They have $170 billion in spending power, according to a comScore report.
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Paul Grimwood, chairman and CEO, Nestlé USA
"We’re making changes to our business so that we can invest back in our brands and assets, and deliver products that meet consumer and customer needs like our new Lean Cuisine Salad Additions, which helps people create restaurant-quality salads in minutes," Grimwood told SN.
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Tony Vernon, CEO, Kraft Food Group
Kraft Food Group is focusing on its iconic brands, dedicating more resources to media spending and marketing.
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Bob Ling, CEO, Unified Grocers
"Any top-level transition is an opportunity to look at all you do," he explained. "At Unified we’ve chosen to do that to determine if we should continue a process as is or to change or modify it to improve what we do."
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Walter Robb, co-CEO, Whole Foods
Walter Robb announced that Whole Foods would be requiring suppliers to transition to entirely GMO-free products by 2018.
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Robert Miller, CEO, Albertson's
Doug Sanders, president and CEO, Sprouts Farmers Market
Sanders has been with Sprouts since 2002, and worked in various leadership positions before becoming CEO last August.
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