John Mackey

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    January 16, 2014

    I Feel Really, Really Terrible About How Much I Like the New Gowanus Whole Foods

    I can't believe I'm going public with this, and I may well regret it, but here goes: I visited the new Gowanus Whole Foods (214 3rd Street, 718-907-3622) the other night and I really liked it. God help me. I need to emphasize: I'm not being paid to say this. I don't even write for this blog usuall ... More >>

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    June 11, 2013

    Is It Okay to Buy Records at Urban Outfitters?

    The other day, I found myself flipping through records in massive clothing chain Urban Outfitters. I know. I had certain expectations about what I'd find: Bob Marley, Dr. Dre, maybe some new dance records like Niki & The Dove, and not much else. Basically, the vinyl equivalent of a sidewalk dorm roo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Smoke, Duck Fat, Nordic Foods Named as Trends; Women Do Sushi in Tokyo

    ​In this era of skyrocketing food prices, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey contends that food is still far cheaper than it was a century ago and we should be spending more on what we eat. [MarketWatch] Smoke, paprika, ricotta, duck fat, pintxos, meatballs, oysters, low-brow chicken, pop-up restaur ... More >>

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    February 1, 2011

    Super and Not-So-Super Bowls: Allen Barra Ranks all 44 Previous Big Games from Worst to First

    ​While we wait for this Sunday's showdown between the Steelers and the Packers, we're feeling nostalgic for the big games of our past. We've been spoiled lately with some pretty exciting Super Bowls. But we remember a time not so long ago when the ultimate championship tended to be something ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2010

    Moby Chews on Some Gristle

    ​Being New York's most recognizable bald vegan just wasn't enough for Moby, who's now added "anthology editor" to his list of accomplishments. The musician and Teany co-founder has just edited (with Miyun Park) Gristle, a collection of essays about meat.

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    January 6, 2010

    PSA: Today, Your Whole Foods Purchases Support the Lower Eastside Girls Club

    ​ John Mackey may have been a PR nightmare for Whole Foods, but no company -- like no person -- can be all bad. The Bowery location of Whole Foods, for example, is donating 5 percent of all purchases made today to the Lower Eastside Girls Club, an organization that aims to empower girls living ... More >>

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    December 30, 2009

    John Mackey Steps Down as Whole Foods Chairman

    John Mackey​Plenty of people saw this coming in the wake of his Wall Street Journal tirade against the Obama health care plan, but it appears that John Mackey has finally stepped down as the chairman of Whole Foods.

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    December 29, 2009

    (Two) Decades in Food: The Aughties, Remembered

    clevercupcakes/flickrWill the cupcake craze live on through the teens?​'Tis the season for round-ups and countdowns. And we're doubly lucky this year, it being the end of a decade, that we get to look back not just on the last 365 days, but the last 10 years in trends, bests, and worsts. Two p ... More >>

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    December 28, 2009

    Top Buzzy Openings of 2010; Worst Food Safety Scandals of 2009

    ​What are some of the buzziest openings to look forward to in 2010? Keith McNally and Nate Appleman's Pulino's Bar and Pizzeria, natch. But also Loreley Williamsburg, Zak Pelaccio's Fatty Cue, and No. 7 Sub in the Ace Hotel. [Metromix] The city is getting increasingly lax on smoking speakeasi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2009

    John Mackey and Whole Foods Profiled in The New Yorker

    Dan Winters for the New YorkerJohn Mackey eats his vegetables, denies global warming​ You might remember the brouhaha when Whole Foods co-founder and CEO John Mackey came out against government-backed health care reform this summer. You may also recall the incident about two years ago when it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    Whole Foods Sells Bad Nuts; Drew Nieporent's Lazy Sunday

    ​Whole Foods CEO John Mackey talks about his supermarket chain returning its roots: health food. He's pulling things like the chocolate fountain and many indulgent foods, and adding more features like salad bars with oil-free dressing. [AP] Meanwhile, Whole Foods is recalling several products ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2009

    The Dawn of the Food Truck Trend; A Guide to Flushing, Queens

    ​Whole Foods shares recently fell 8.6 percent after more than tripling over the past year. CEO John Mackey said he expects no "positive change in the economy over the short term," adding that 2010 sales should improve slightly. [Bloomberg] Kraft is expected to make its hostile takeover offer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2009

    Smithfield Foods Getting Out of Hog Business; Zane Lamprey Trades Glass for Fork

    ​Norman E. Borlaug, a plant pathologist who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his work in industrialized food production, which fought starvation worldwide, died Saturday in Dallas. Borlaug felt that environmentalists were hampering world food production by attacking the use of pesticides. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    Island Snacks Recall; Industry Bigwigs Bid Cafe des Artistes Adieu

    ​The latest food safety scare involves a snack mix made by Snack King Foods in Rochester called Island Snacks Natures Mix. The product, sold at Kmart, is being recalled due to the detection of undeclared sulfites during routine tests. [Forbes] BlackBook rounds up the best comfort food spots ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    Fried Pickles Take Manhattan (& Queens); Whole Foods UWS Opens with a Protest

    ​The Fruit Hunters by Adam Leith Gollner will be turned into a movie. Yung Chang, who directed the 2007 film Up the Yangtze, is adapting the book as part of a program at the Canadian Film Center. [NY Times] Fried pickles are cropping up on menus around the country. In New York, you can find f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    Restaurant Bust Expectations Busted; Will Whole Foods' John Mackey Be Ousted?

    ​A union-backed investor has accused Whole Foods CEO John Mackey of damaging the company's reputation and called for him to be ousted following a controversial anti-health care reform op-ed he wrote in The Wall Street Journal. [NY Post] Chefs like Mario Batali and Marcus Samuelsson are modify ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    UWS Whole Foods Tries to Keep Things Kosher

    Because nothing dampens outrage like the promise of bulk bins and vacuum-packed bags of goji berries, Upper West Siders lined up last night for a preview of the new Whole Foods at 97th Street and Columbus. According to Racked, the new store, located on the site of a former jazz club, won't be sellin ... More >>

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    August 25, 2009

    The Whole Foods Debate Continues: Spy Invades San Diego Store

    ​Jill Richardson, who writes the blog La Vida Locavore, recently published an excerpt from her book Recipe for America in the website. In it, she details how she went undercover at a Whole Foods store in San Diego, California. Richardson works in the bakery, and the manner in which " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2009

    Dole Goes Public Again; Vendy Finalists Announced

    ​Dole Food has filed the paperwork to go public, the second time it has done so after going private in 2003. The company, currently owned by LA billionaire David Murdock, hopes to raise $500 million. [NY Times] Since Whole Foods CEO John Mackey publicly criticized President Obama's health car ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2009

    Whole Foods Hedges on the Anti-Reform Scree of Founder John Mackey, Issues Simpering Apology to Customers

    ​Yesterday, Fork in the Road reported on a boycott being organized against Whole Foods, in response to a right-wing editorial reviling health care reform by founder John Mackey published in the Wall Street Journal. Later in the day, in response to a near-universal outcry among the liberal cust ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2009

    Beach Eats, Food Trucks & Stadium Snacks

    ​Hungry Girl heads to the new Yankee Stadium to scope out tasty low-cal foods and finds Lobel's Steak Sandwich (464 calories), Nathan's Grilled Chicken Sandwich (380 calories), and cotton candy (175 calories). [NY Times] The Hudson Valley, once known as New York's "breadbasket," is full of gr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2009

    Whole Foods CEO John Mackey Against Health Care Reform

    ​Did you once boycott Domino's Pizza because of its support of the anti-abortion movement and other right wing causes? Well, here's another politically retrograde business to add to your boycott list: Whole Foods. According to an article in the current Counterpunch by Russell Mokhiber, of sin ... More >>

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