America’s 50 Most Powerful People in Food for 2016

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For the sixth year in a row, we set out to identify the most powerful people in the world of food
50 Most Powerful People in Food

Brian Sheehan previews our list of some of the most powerful people in food for 2016.

Our ranking includes (clockwise): Pepsico CEO Indra Nooyi, chef David Chang, media mogul Oprah Winfrey, and restaurant critic Pete Wells.

#50 Vani Hari, “Food Babe”

#49 Andrew Zimmern, Host, ‘Bizarre Foods’

#48 Ingrid Newkirk, President and Co-Founder, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

#47 Rodney McMullen, Chairman and CEO, The Kroger Co.

#46 Todd J. Vasos, CEO, Dollar General

#45 Julie Packard, Executive Director and Vice-Chairman, Monterey Bay Aquarium

#44 Steven Spinner, CEO, President, and Director, United Natural Foods, Inc.

#43 Anthony Bourdain, Chef and Television Personality

#42 David Murdock, CEO, Dole Food Company

#41 Bill Marler, Foodborne Illness Lawyer and Attorney

#40 Rachael Ray, Television Personality

#39 Jim McGovern, Co-Chair, House Hunger Caucus

#38 Bill Shore, Founder and CEO, Share Our Strength

#37 Paul Grimwood, CEO and Chairman, Nestlé USA

#36 Pete Wells, Restaurant Critic, The New York Times

#35 Michel Landel, CEO, Sodexo

#34 Irene Rosenfeld, CEO, Mondelez International

#33 Craig Jelinek, CEO, Costco

#32 Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich, Chef/ Restaurateurs

#31 Dan Bane, Chairman and CEO, Trader Joe's

#30 Danny Meyer, Restaurateur

#29 Oprah Winfrey, Media Mogul

#28 José Andrés, Chef-Restaurateur

#27 Eric J Foss, CEO, Aramark

#26 Tim Ryan, President, Culinary Institute of America

#25 Travis Kalanick, Founder, Uber

#24 David Chang, Chef and Restaurateur

#23 Dawn Sweeney, President and CEO, National Restaurant Association

#22 Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO, Amazon

#21 Kevin Systrom, Co-Founder and CEO, Instagram

#20 David C Novak, Executive Chairman, Yum! Brands

#19 Steve Easterbrook, CEO, McDonalds

#18 Paul Polman, CEO, Univeler

#17 Kathleen Finch, Chief Programming, Content & Brand Officer, Scripps Networks Interactive

#16 Patricia Woertz, Chairman, President, and CEO, Archer Daniels Midland

#15 Donnie Smith, President and CEO, Tyson Foods

#14 Pamela Bailey, President and CEO, Grocery Manufacturers Association

#13 George Zoghbi, Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Commercial Business, Kraft Foods

#12 Susan Neely, President & CEO, American Beverage Association

#11 David MacLennan, Chairman and CEO, Cargill

#10 William J. Delaney III, CEO, Sysco

#9 Jeremy Stoppelman, Co-Founder and CEO, Yelp

#8 James P. Hoffa, General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters

#7 Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO, Pepsi

#6 Howard Schultz, CEO, Starbucks

#5 John Mackey, Founder and Co-CEO, Whole Foods Market

#4 Michael R. Taylor, Deputy Commissioner for Food, Federal Drug Administration

#3 Hugh Grant, Chairman, President, and CEO, The Monsanto Company

#2 Judith McKenna, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Walmart U.S.

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#1 Thomas Vilsack, Secretary, USDA