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“FTC Wants to Block Whole Foods-Wild Oats Merger
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
CHICAGO — U.S. antitrust authorities said Tuesday they would file suit to block Whole Foods Market Inc.'s (WFMI) proposed acquisition of rival Wild Oats Markets Inc. (OATS) on grounds that the deal would hobble competition in the market for natural and organic groceries.
The Federal Trade Commission said it would challenge the transaction in federal court because it would eliminate competition between "two uniquely close competitors" in many local markets around the United States.
"If Whole Foods is allowed to devour Wild Oats, it will mean higher prices, reduced quality, and fewer choices for consumers," FTC competition bureau chief Jeffrey Schmidt said in a statement.
However, the companies said they would fight the FTC in court, arguing that the merger should be allowed to proceed in light of the fierce competition in overall grocery business.
“Whole Foods is about as hippie as Starbucks!”
“never been to one ;) but i am a fan of wild oats...in fact i just ate a bowl of roasted red pepper and tomato soup with a chicken meatball from there”
“I like sowing them”
“Whole Foods is about as hippie as Starbucks!”
I believe WF only offers FTC and they're way more conscientious than anyone else, especially poser like Trader Joes.”
“YEah, but TJ's rocks!”
“The FTC officials evidently have not been in a grocery store lately. Not sure where they live, but all of the stores I regularly shop are carrying more and more organic produce and other organic food products. I think there is now and will be more competition in the future and that the FTC should allow the merger to go forward.”
Hey Creek Dancer
“Are you coming on the LBL trip???”
“The FTC officials evidently have not been in a grocery store lately. Not sure where they live, but all of the stores I regularly shop are carrying more and more organic produce and other organic food products.
There's a big difference between Giant-Chain organics and real organics. Thank the industry muscle known as the USDA for that.
“Hey Nurse! No, I wish I could though. That's a really long drive for me. Have a great time! Take lots of pics.”
“That might be true BM, but most shoppers don't know the difference. I think people are buying more organic stuff just because it's the "in" thing these days. If it says "organic" on the product, they think it's better for them - regardless of where they buy the thing.
Competition is competition and I think there will be plenty based on the current trend.”
“yes. like people believe bottled water is better for them. To be fair, I should mention WF does sell some fake organics. But unlike other companies, they do bow to criticism from the Sustainability/Organic community.
if anyones interested, the following link provides the main fake organics:
“If my freaking battery charges right I will take pics. Wish you could go.”
“I hope they stay separate and both have stores within blocks of each other. That would create more competition.
Local stores like Krogers, Publix, Wal-Mart and Food Lion have a very crappy organic sections if you can find it in the store.
They act like these products have some type of disease because of where they display them.”
“One of those two already bought up our local chain called "Henrys". I don't think the organic shopping community in So Cal would be happy about this.”
“To be entitled "organic" the regulation calls for the food to me 95% organic (maybe a little higher as it's been a while since I read the original article where I got the information). 5% or so of the contents don't have to be "organic."
5% can be toxic if what's in the 5% is strong enough or if one is sensitive enough to a particular non-organic compound. This fact might leave the "organic" label pointless in at least a few instances.”
Judge rules wedding by internet ordained minister invalid
“Does this mean Joey Tribbiani isn't a minster anymore?”
“Yep. In PA anyway.
Wasn't Di or sarbar 'married' by an internet ordained minister?
They might want to check. ;-)
last edited: 9/12/07 11:27:52 AM”
Both Di and Sarbar were married by the same guy. I hope he's not internet ordained.”
“why is that a bad thing stovie, that means they're back on the market ;)”
“Good point, TH.”
“"Freeman said the decision to accept some ministers but not others was arbitrary and would violate the constitutional separation of church and state."
Off the market.
He went to Seminary school and actually was a bonafide minister for years.”
“THen again "what exactly constitutes MARRIAGE...and not "a Union".
Sorry but I would love for anyone who is "married" and divorces to have half of their shared assets be given to the state.
I say this becuase of the idiotic "Hollywierd Marriages". Sadly I have "gay" friends who have been in monogamous relationships for YEARS. But I also know types on both sides of the line who have marriages like a bag of Potato Chips. Which is worse for the term?”
“So they marry. Betcha still wouldn't be able to find a neck bone in the joint, let alone chitterlings. Pffft.”
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