Former Whole Foods CEO becomes a FoodMaven

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Former Whole Foods CEO becomes a FoodMaven

By Gina Acosta - 01/05/2018

Former Whole Foods CEO Walter Robb has joined up with Patrick Bultema, CEO and co-founder of the Colorado Springs startup FoodMaven, to sell food waste.

According to Forbes, FoodMaven acquires high-quality food from oversupply, imperfects, and local products. Then, through the use of its internet marketplace and logistics system, the company re-sells and delivers what it refers to as “lost food.”

Having joined Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods Market in 1991, Robb became CEO along with John Mackey in 2010 and joined the company’s board of directors. In 2017, Robb transitioned to chairman of the board for Whole Kids Foundation and Whole Cities Foundation. He also serves on the boards of directors for Union Square Hospitality Group, The Container Store, FoodMaven and HeatGenie.

The Specialty Food Association (SFA) recently tapped Robb to keynote the 2018 Leadership Awards, which recognize food industry entrepreneurs in the categories of Business Leadership, Citizenship, and Vision.

“The SFA Leadership Awards honor people who do social good through their businesses,” noted Phil Kafarakis, president of the New York-based SFA. “Through his leadership at Whole Foods Market and in his newest ventures, Robb exemplifies the goodness of the specialty food industry.”

This year's winners include Sam Mogannam, of the San Francisco-based Bi-Rite Family of Businesses, encompassing the well-known Bi-Rite Market, in the Citizenship category, while among the judges are Whole Foods' Cathy Cochran-Lewis and John Raiche, of Providence, R.I.-based wholesaler United Natural Foods Inc.

The awards ceremony will take place during the SFA’s Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco on Sunday, Jan. 21 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., followed by a reception sponsored by the association’s Natural & Organic Council.