The Power List 2017: John Mackey

January 24, 2017

Prepared foods account for about 19 percent of sales for Whole Foods Market Inc., or about $3 billion a year — a figure that only stands to grow in coming years, if John Mackey has his way.

The co-founder, CEO and visionary behind the Austin, Texas-based natural foods giant says he is committed to investing in foodservice as a means of supporting Whole Foods’ brand ideals and differentiating its signature shopping experience. A year ago, Whole Foods hired Tien Ho as its first global vice president of culinary and hospitality.

Officials said Ho, a star chef who made his name