The CEO of Whole Foods is calling out activist investor Jana Partners, tagging them "greedy bastards" who are only interested in making money from a forced sale of the struggling grocer.
"They're putting a bunch of propaganda out there, trying to destroy my reputation and the reputation of Whole Foods, because it's in their self-interest to do so," Mackey said in an interview with TexasMonthly.
Earlier this year, Jana disclosed a stake in Texas-based Whole Foods and has since said it is determined to change the company's board. The firm has been telling Whole Foods to either overhaul its operations or look for potential buyers.
Whole Foods declined to comment to CNBC on the story, and a representative from Jana didn't immediately respond to an email.