Innovative Women in Food and Drink

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The Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink.

That’s the title of a very interesting article up right now on

Fortune and its sister publication Food & Wine have assembled an intriguing list of the women making a difference in the world of food and drink.

Not the women driving up their companies stock prices, profits or merger attractiveness, but the women who are, as author Beth Kowitt puts it in her article, “permanently changing the way we eat and how we think about food. Now that’s power in its own right.”

By all means, go read the article on Fortune, see the portraits, read the descriptions and marvel at how much good is being done in the world by these powerful women.

I couldn’t resist putting up the complete list, so here it is:

1. Ertharin CousinExecutive Director, United Nations World Food Programme

2. Chellie PingreeCongresswoman, Maine

3. Barbara BankeChairman, Jackson Family Wines

4. Stephanie SoechtigPresident, Director, Producer, Atlas Films

5. Judy ChanCEO, Grace Vineyard

6. Liz MyslikEVP, Brand Management, Fresca Foods Inc.; CEO, Fresca Brands

7. Margo WootanDirector of Nutrition Policy, Center for Science in the Public Interest

8. Nancy SilvertonCo-owner, Mozza Empire

9. Kellee JamesFounder and CEO, Mercaris

10. Christina TosiChef, Owner, Founder, Milk Bar

11. Margaret WittenbergGlobal Vice President of Quality Standards, Whole Foods Market


          Kirsten Saenz Tobey and Kristin Groos RichmondCo-founders, Revolution Foods

          Debra Eschmeyer, Co-founder and VP of External Affairs, FoodCorps

13. Avani Davda, CEO, Tata Starbucks

14. Laura Alber, CEO and President, Williams-Sonoma

15. Kim Jordan, Co-founder and CEO, New Belgium Brewing

16. Kylie Kwong, Restaurateur, Billy Kwong

17. Karla Chambers, Co-owner, Stahlbush Island Farms


          Giada De Laurentiis, TV Host/Author/Chef

          Rachael Ray, TV Host, Author, Philanthropist

19. Gina Gallo, Winemaker, E.&J. Gallo Winery

20. Annette Alvarez-Peters, Assistant General Merchandise Manager – Beverage Alcohol, Costco

21. Tracey Ryder and Carole Topalian, Co-founders, Edible Communities


          Kat Taylor, Eagle Cliff Partners

          Joanne Wilson, Gotham Gal Ventures

23. Severine von Tscharner Fleming, Director, Greenhorns

24. Ruth Oniang’oFounder, Rural Outreach Africa

25. Lena Kwak, President and Co-founder, Cup4Cup

Congratulations and ‘thank you’ to each and every one of these influential women for being named to this very thoughtful list by Fortune and Food & Wine–The Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink.

As with every list such as this, there will be much discussion on who’s missing, who should be added to the list, this and that.

What are your thoughts on who should be added?

Photo credit: Craig McCord