Kelly Amoroso Allegro

Kelly Amoroso

Senior Coffee and Tea Buyer, Allegro Coffee Company

Kelly Amoroso, senior coffee and tea buyer at Allegro Coffee Company, has been involved in the coffee industry for more than 20 years in various capacities as a coffee buyer, quality control manager, Q Instructor, coffee promoter, coffee coordinator and is a certified Q Grader who oversees cupping competitions. In her time at Allegro Coffee … Continued

Doug Bell

Senior Principal of Adult Beverage Innovation and Product Development

In his current role, Doug helps lead purchasing for Whole Foods Market’s wine, beer and spirits categories. Doug and the team work closely with the company’s adult beverage buyers across the country to ensure strong, win-win partnerships with suppliers across all product categories. Doug, an Atlanta native and University of Georgia grad, has been buying … Continued

Kylie Bentley, RDN, LDN, CLT

Team Leader of Nutrition and Labeling Compliance

At Whole Foods Market, Kylie directs and supports a team of nutrition, certification, and labeling compliance experts for the company’s exclusive brands, including Whole Foods Market and 365 by Whole Foods Market. The Nutrition and Labeling Compliance Team collaborates with product developers and the design team to ensure the Exclusive Brands products are formulated in … Continued

Carrie Brownstein Whole Foods

Carrie Brownstein

Principal Quality Standards Advisor, Seafood

In the big picture, Carrie’s work focuses on creating a model for the seafood industry that supports healthier oceans and communities. Working together with stakeholders and partners—fish farmers, fishermen, environmental groups, scientists and skilled seafood buyers—she aims to create a seafood market that supports responsible aquaculture production, reverses trends in overfishing and bycatch, and puts us … Continued

Rachel Bukowski Whole Foods

Rachel Bukowski

Senior Team Leader of Product Development

Rachel Bukowski oversees a team of product developers and R&D technicians on Whole Foods Market’s Exclusive Brands Team. The product development team works to ensure Whole Foods Market and 365 Everyday Value branded products not only taste delicious, but also are on the cutting edge of culinary, flavor and ingredient trends, all while adhering to … Continued

Jen Coccaro

Vice President of Wellness and Beauty

Jen leads merchandising for Supplements, Beauty and Lifestyle. She joined Whole Foods Market from the fashion apparel industry working with major brands such as Land’s End, Abercrombie and Fitch, and Chico’s. Her experience in the ever-evolving world of fashion provided her with expertise in identifying consumer behavior and trends. Jen is passionate about healthy living … Continued

Dan Epley Whole Foods

Dan Epley

Vice President of Dry Grocery

Dan Epley is Vice President of Dry Grocery at Whole Foods Market leading the Baking, Meals, Snacks, Beverages, Breakfast, and Candy businesses. He’s played an integral role in the evolution of merchandising organization at Whole Foods Market. He was recently recognized by NOSH on its inaugural NOSH Notables List, a compilation of the top 50 … Continued

Amy Eubanks

Senior Team Leader, Culinary Development

Amy Eubanks leads the growth of new ideas and recipes for our Prepared Foods and Bakery departments. Amy is a classically-trained French chef with two decades of experience working in fine dining restaurants in New York City, including Lespinasse, Cello and Café Boulud. During her time in the restaurant world, Amy served as the executive … Continued

AnaMaria Friede Whole Foods

AnaMaria Friede

Executive Leader of Grocery, Baking and Meals

AnaMaria Friede, originally from Bogota, Colombia, brings a rich cultural background to her dynamic career in the retail industry. Raised in Colombia, she developed a deep appreciation for diverse cuisines, landscapes, and traditions, often sharing meals and stories with her close-knit family. AnaMaria’s career in the retail industry began at Tops Markets, where she actively … Continued

Katy Green

Produce Field Inspector

Katy Green is a Produce Field Inspector for Whole Foods Market, based out of Southern California. She joined Whole Foods Market almost a decade ago as a cut fruit team member at the Mason, Ohio store. Katy has been the Produce Field Inspector since 2014 and oversees the quality of the company’s Whole Trade program. … Continued

Mary Guiver Whole Foods

Mary Guiver

Principal Category Merchant for Beer

Mary Guiver has had a long career with Whole Foods Market, beginning in the Whole Foods Market Produce Office in California over seventeen years ago. In 2008 she joined the Specialty Team in Oakland, CA and moved into the Beer Buyer role within a year. She eventually moved on to Regional Beer, Wine and Spirits … Continued

Jamie Katz

Senior Advisor, Quality Standards

With over 15 years of experience at Whole Foods Market, Jamie Katz, serves as a voice for the company’s Quality Standards, providing the big picture on Whole Foods Market’s 40 plus years of work in the natural and organic food industry. Jamie advises, strategizes, and communicates with multiple stakeholders on the ins and outs of … Continued

Kelly Landrieu

Principal Planner, Local & Emerging Brands

As Principal Planner, Local & Emerging Brands on Whole Foods Market’s Product Innovation and Development team, Kelly Landrieu works closely with the company’s regional foragers and buyers to ensure strong, win-win partnerships with local producers across all product categories. She creates tools for continued education and mentorship of current and future local suppliers, while supporting … Continued

Elliott Myers Whole Foods

Elliott Meyers

Vice President, Seafood

Elliott joined Whole Foods Market in 2003 as a Part-time Seafood Team Member and has since been in a variety of roles such as Associate Store Team Leader, Seafood Coordinator, and Seafood Executive Leader. Elliott is passionate about developing successful leaders, offering a best-in-class customer experience, and seafood sustainability.

Lee Robinson Whole Foods

Lee Robinson

Vice President of Grocery, Refrigerated and Frozen

Lee Robinson is an accomplished grocery and outdoor industry transformational merchandising executive with a successful track record of exceeding financial plans and leading purpose driven initiatives. He is currently the Vice President of Grocery, Refrigerated and Frozen and leads the Local & Emerging Brands merchandising team at Whole Foods Market. Lee specializes in long-term strategic planning and organizational … Continued

Wesley Rose

Vice President, Meat

Wes started his professional seafood journey in 1998 when he joined Whole Foods Market working the Seafood counter in his home state of Massachusetts. Now as the Vice President of Meat & Seafood, Wes leads the Seafood purchasing and merchandising programs ensuring all Whole Foods Market seafood is sourced according to company stands, and that … Continued

Cathy Strange Whole Foods

Cathy Strange

Ambassador of Food Culture

Since 1990, Cathy Strange has been instrumental in Whole Foods Market’s success. As a world-renowned cheese expert, she played a pivotal role as WFM’s Vice President of Specialty and Global Cheese Expert, identifying food trends and fostering relationships with suppliers adhering to WFM’s Quality Standards.     In August 2023, Cathy transitioned into her current role … Continued

Jody Villecco

Principal Quality Standards Advisor, Research

Jody Villecco has been passionate about Whole Foods Market’s industry-leading Quality Standards ever since she started working with the company in 1997. During her time at Whole Foods Market, she has supported standards development for all ingredient categories, including food, dietary supplements, body care, and household cleaning, continually striving to enhance the company’s Quality Standards. … Continued

Joey Wells

Senior Principal Product Development & Innovation Expert

As the Senior Principal Product Development & Innovation Expert, Joey Wells seeks out innovative cheesemongers and specialty producers around the world, bringing their products to market and supporting their growth and development within Whole Foods Market stores across the country. In 2012, he became an American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional (CCP) and was inducted … Continued