If you’ve ever received a brown paper bag brimming with goodies from Whole Foods Market, you’ve probably got Christina Minardi to thank.
As Whole Foods Market’s global executive vice president of operations, Minardi was a key figure in the charge to expand the chain’s Prime Now grocery delivery. Minardi began her career at Fresh Fields in 1995, a year before Whole Foods acquired the chain.
In 2017, Amazon purchased Whole Foods. That same year, Minardi was appointed executive vice president of operations. She was tasked with integrating Whole Foods’ capabilities with Amazon’s drive to innovate grocery delivery. Whole Foods founder John Mackey told the Progressive Grocer that Minardi would be “ an integral part of building our relationship with Amazon.”
Three years later, the Whole Foods-Amazon partnership has brought about a range of delivery innovations in the grocery world. As of July, Prime members have access to free two-hour grocery delivery in 2,000 localities across the United States.
“Prime Now delivery continues to be a hit with our customers,” Minardi told the Knox News in 2019. “It’s just another way we’re making it even easier for more customers to enjoy Whole Foods Market’s healthy and organic food.”