It seems Whole Foods and Amazon executives have been in a love-hate relationship since the internet retailer took over the title as parent company of the supermarket chain back in August.
In a leaked audio recording obtained by Business Insider Tuesday, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey is heard ranting about the turmoil between the businesses in recent months.
‘I’m sure that Amazon has probably gotten more disagreement from me than any other single person, and possibly more than everyone else combined,’ Mackey said in the recording.
Mackey added: ‘I ultimately am not afraid to get fired so — not that I think they are going to fire me — but I’m not afraid of it.
‘That gives me a position of strength to speak truth to power when it’s necessary to do so, and I’ve done it many, many times.’
Whole Foods CEO John Mackey (pictured left in Beverly Hills, California on May 2, 2016) was heard in a leaked audio recording complaining about company clashes with Amazon. CEO of the tech giant Jeff Bezos is pictured right in Washington D.C. on December 14, 2017
According to Business Insider, Mackey made the remarks during an internal company-wide meeting.
The businessman, who co-founded Whole Foods in 1980, has proudly held the title of CEO since.
Mackey bragged in the recording that he has ‘done this for 40 years’ and isn’t worried about the comments because he is ‘financially secure.’
Amazon announced in June 2017 it would acquire Whole Foods for $13.7 billion. The merger was approved by the Federal Trade Commission two months later.
Since then, the tech company instituted changes within the supermarket chain.
Amazon announced in June 2017 that it would acquire Whole Foods for $13.7 billion
The merger was approved two months later by the Federal Trade Commission
Whole Foods now offers free grocery delivery for customers with active Amazon Prime accounts, which Mackey admitted played a large role in same-store sales growth.
‘It’s been an incredible year. Our increase in sales has been far greater than I anticipated and it’s continuing,’ Mackey added.
Mackey went so far as to compare Amazon and Whole Foods’ business relationship to his own marriage.
‘I’m overall pleased with where we’re at… does that mean I love absolutely everything about Amazon? No, I don’t.
‘I don’t love absolutely everything about my wife either, but on balance I love, like, 98%. That’s a pretty good ratio, based on my previous relationships.’
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has yet to comment publicly on the matter.