Whole Foods CEO on meeting with Amazon: 'Love at first sight'
In a regulatory filing Monday, Whole Foods (WFM) published a transcript of a June 16 town hall meeting, offering new details on how the company's acquisition by Amazon (AMZN) emerged. According to the transcript, CEO John Mackey stated during the town hall: "How did we meet? It was actually mutual friends set us up on a blind date. Jason Buechel and Ken Meyer and David Lannon and I flew up to Seattle a little over six weeks ago. And we just fell in love. It was truly love at first sight... We talked for 2.5 hours. I think we could have talked for 10 hours. When we huddled together, it was like we just had these big grins on our faces, like, 'These guys are amazing. They're so smart. They're so authentic. They say what's on their mind. They're not playing a bunch of BS games.' And it was like, 'This is gonna be so incredible.' Because we were talking about the things we can do together, things that I cannot talk about today and won't be able to talk about until this deal closes... This is kind of the dream come true. And I will tell you something. About a year and a half ago, I dreamed that we merged with Amazon. I woke up, and I told my wife about it." WFM AMZN