FTC: Whole Foods Wanted To Eliminate Wild Oats

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Government lawyers say the chief executive of Whole Foods Market told his board that the purchase of a rival could eliminate the competitor.

The feds say John Mackey talked about what would happen if Texas-based Whole Foods bought its leading rival.

The feds say Mackey also said that buying Boulder, Colorado-based Wild Oats Markets would let Whole Foods "avoid nasty price wars" in several cities where the two compete.

Details are in a court document unsealed today.

Federal Trade Commission lawyers reported the comments in a request this month for a temporary injunction to block Whole Foods from buying Wild Oats.

A federal judge approved the request.

Whole Foods this week extended its tender offer for Wild Oats through July 20.

Another delay could be coming because a hearing in the lawsuit has been scheduled for July 31.

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