For the past three years Seattle Magazine has surveyed the food culture of the city and ranked the people and restaurants which make Seattle great for fine dining. In a twist for 2014, the magazine looked at 45 chefs, CEOs, culinary innovators and social media foodies from Seattle who’ve had an impact far beyond the city. Starbucks ceo Howard Schultz is number one on the list.
Seattle Magazine writes in its April 'Best Restaurants' edition, “Starbucks’ stateside dominance of the coffee market is obvious and for many years the company has made steady inroads into international markets.”
The magazine also highlights Evolution Fresh and La Boulange, owned and operated by Starbucks.
“Evolution Fresh juice is a growth market for Starbucks; it is available nationwide at Whole Foods and nearly all Starbucks stores, plus there are four Evolution Fresh stores in Seattle and San Francisco. The company is expanding La Boulange food distribution; the pastry program is available in more than half of the company-operated stores in the U.S., with plans to add lunch in the near future.”
Others on the list of Seattle food and beverage leaders with national and global significance include: Jim Sinegal and Jeff Brotman, founders of Costco, a membership warehouse club and the seventh largest retailer in the world; Pike Place Market, Seattle’s top tourist destination with more than 10 million visitors annually; Ted Baseler, CEO of St. Michelle Wine Estates, which includes 18 award-winning wine brands; Tom Douglas, chef, author and owner of several Seattle restaurants; and Allrecipes, a website founded in Seattle in 1997 that now has a global audience of more than 40 million users.