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Whole Foods helped create the market for natural, healthy food­—and in doing so “set a standard for grocery stores,” says New York University food studies, nutrition, and public health professor Marion Nestle. The Austin-based grocer prompted giants from Walmart to Kroger to up their organic game. Whole Foods continues to push for change through initiatives like its animal-welfare standards, its refusal to sell overfished seafood, and its requirement that all products it sells containing genetically modified ingredients be labeled as such by 2018.

Company Info

Sector
Retailing
Industry
Food & Drug Stores
Country
U.S.
Revenues ($ millions)14,194
Company type
Public
CEO
John P. Mackey/Walter E. Robb
Websitehttp://www.wholefoodsmarket.com
Impact Segment
Public Health/Nutrition

Fortune Rankings

Fortune 500 Rank214
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Most Powerful Women Rank-
Most Powerful Women Profile-
World's Greatest Leaders Rank49
World's Greatest Leaders Profilehttp://fortune.com/worlds-greatest-leaders/john-mackey-49/