America’s 50 Most Powerful People in Food for 2015

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For the fifth year in a row, we set out to identify the most powerful people in the world of food

José Andrés has almost single-handedly introduced Americans to real Spanish food.

#50 Adam Rapoport, Editor in Chief, Bon Appétit
#49 Ingrid Newkirk, President and Co-Founder, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
#48 José Andrés, Chef-Restaurateur
#47 Julie Packard, Executive Director and Vice-Chairman, Monterey Bay Aquarium
#46 Steve Spinner, CEO, President, and Director, United Natural Foods, Inc.
#45 Alice Waters, Chef-Restaurateur and Founder and Director, The Edible Schoolyard Project
#44 David Murdock, CEO, Dole Food Company
#43 Bill Marler, Foodborne Illness Lawyer and Attorney
#42 Bill Shore, Founder and CEO, Share Our Strength
#41 Jimmy Fallon, Host, The Tonight Show
#40 Paul Grimwood, CEO and Chairman, Nestlé USA
#39 Pete Wells, Restaurant Critic, The New York Times
#38 Michel Landel, CEO, Sodexo
#37 Craig Jelinek, CEO, Costco
#36 Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich, Chef/Restaurateurs
#35 Dan Bane, Chairman and CEO, Trader Joe's
#34 Danny Meyer, Restaurateur
#33 Steve Ells, Founder/ Co-CEO, Chairman, Chipotle Mexican Grill
#32 Mehmet Oz, Doctor, Author, and TV Host

#31 Eric J. Foss, CEO, Aramark
#30 Fred DeLuca, Co-Founder and President, Subway
#29 Ben Silbermann, Founder and CEO, Pinterest
#28 Dawn Sweeney, President and CEO, National Restaurant Association
#27 Jim McGovern, Co-Chair, House Hunger Caucus
#26 David C. Novak, Executive Chairman, Yum! Brands
#25 Yancey Strickler, Founder & CEO, Kickstarter
#24 Paul Polman, CEO, Univeler
#23 Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Food Network
#22 Rodney McMullen, Chairman and CEO, The Kroger Co.
#21 Irene Rosenfeld, CEO, Mondelez International
#20 Patricia Woertz, Chairman, President, and CEO, Archer Daniels Midland
#19 Donnie Smith, President and CEO, Tyson Foods
#18 Steve Easterbrook, CEO, McDonalds
#17 Pamela Bailey, President and CEO, Grocery Manufacturers Association
#16 John T. Cahill, CEO, Kraft Foods
#15 David MacLennan, President and CEO, Cargill
#14 John Mackey, Founder and Co-CEO, Whole Foods Market
#13 Barack and Michelle Obama, President and First Lady
#12 Rachael Ray, Television personality
#11 William J. Delaney III, CEO, Sysco
#10 Jeremy Stoppelman, Co-Founder and CEO, Yelp
#9 Jack Menzel and Dan Entin, Google
#8 James P. Hoffa, General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
#7 Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo
#6 Howard Schultz, CEO, Starbucks
#5 Michael R. Taylor, Deputy Commissioner for Food, Federal Drug Administration
#4 Susan Neely, President & CEO, American Beverage Association
#3 Hugh Grant, Chairman, President, and CEO, The Monsanto Company
#2 Jack Sinclair, Executive Vice President, Grocery Division, Walmart
#1 Thomas Vilsack, Secretary, USDA