With SFA’s Winter Fancy Food Festival fast approaching—the festival runs January 21st-23rd in San Francisco—attendees will be excited to learn that Walter Robb will keynote the 2018 Leadership Awards in honor of food industry entrepreneurs. Categories for the awards include Business Leadership, Citizenship, and Vision—categories which Robb himself embodies.
"The SFA Leadership Awards honor people who do social good through their businesses,” said Phil Kafarakis, President of the Specialty Food Association, in a press release. “Through his leadership at Whole Foods Market and in his newest ventures, Robb exemplifies the goodness of the specialty food industry."
Robb has worked a wide variety of jobs in the industry, from farmer to retailer to consultant. In 1991, he joined Whole Foods and, in 2010, he joined the Whole Foods Market Board of Directors and was name Co-CEO alongside John Mackey. Last year, Robb turned towards charity and begun work as Chairman of the Board for the Whole Kids Foundation and Whole Cities Foundation, in addition to his work on the Board of Directors for the Union Square Hospitality Group, The Container Store, FoodMaven, and HeatGenie.
Robb will present the award on the first night, January 21st of the SFA’s Winter Fancy Food Show during a special ceremony. Following the reception, guests are invited to attend a reception sponsored by the Association’s Natural & Organic Council.