Jay Carney

A Google-owned Whole Foods? CEO John Mackey says he was open to such a deal

A Google-owned Whole Foods? CEO John Mackey says he was open to such a deal

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey describes his company’s courtship with Amazon as “love at first sight,” but that didn’t stop him from casting a wandering eye at another potential suitor.

“Google is an amazing company, as well. We had (a Google) executive on the Whole Foods board. And I remember when Amazon and Whole Foods were sort of courting each other and falling in love, I talked to that executive and said, ‘It’s not too late for Google to get in on this game,’” said Mackey, eliciting some laughter from the crowd Tuesday at a forum at the annual Chicago Ideas Week.

Google wasn’t interested, Mackey said. And the rest, of course, is history. In late August, Amazon closed on...

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