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The March 19 issue of Fortune is out, and it includes the magazine’s annual list of the 50 most admired companies - topped by Apple,followed by Google, Amazon, Coca-Cola and IBM.

The survey asked survey asked businesspeople to vote for the companies that they admired most, from any industry.

Among the retail and related companies also on the list are Starbucks (8), Procter & Gamble (9), McDonald’s (11), Johnson & Johnson (12), Costco (20), Nordstrom (21), Walmart (24), Target (25), Whole Foods (28), Nestle (31), PepsiCo (32), Accenture (43), General Mills and Unilever (tied for 50).
KC's View:
I do think that Apple’s position atop such lists could be endangered if it is not able to effectively address the questions about labor policies employed by its suppliers in Asia. Those issues are not going away; it’ll be interesting to see if CEO Tim Cook talks about them during tomorrow’s new product announcements.