Judge Slaps Down FTC's Attempt To Block Whole Foods/Wild Oats Deal

from the buh-zing! dept

When the FTC stepped in to block the merger between Whole Foods and Wild Oats, it seemed like an obvious case of a market being defined too narrowly. Yes, both companies place a similar emphasis on organic foods, but organic foods represent a small slice of the overall food market, and there's no question that organic and conventional foods are substitute goods. The whole situation was roughly analogous to the situation facing XM and Sirius in their attempt to merge, as the NAB would like the FCC to define the market as simply satellite radio, while in fact it's clearly much broader. It looks like the FTC's argument has been thoroughly rejected as a federal judge declared that the merger should not be blocked. The judge's ruling remains sealed, so his exact rationale isn't known, but it sounds like this could be a useful precedent in other cases going forward.

Filed Under: antitrust, ftc
Companies: whole foods, wild oats

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    Killer_Tofu (profile), 17 Aug 2007 @ 1:02pm

    Re #4 & #2

    I actually buy organic food.
    All the time.
    I am not 100% strict to the diet, but it is probably about 80% of what I eat. And I SWEAR I feel way way better than I did before I ate this way.
    Also lost 20 pounds, but thats partly because my family cut out gluten, which is in most organic foods as well. And the losing 20 pounds is with me exercising the same amount before and after, all that changed is what I eat.

    From all the people I know who have talking about AT&T from way back when they were literally a monopoly, they say those days were better for phone service.
    Everything always connected and the prices were low because it was all one company. Not trying to gleam connection fees off of each other. But, I am very ready to admit, I was not alive then, and have no personal opinion. It is just what I have heard of people comparing everything about today's phone systems to those of when it was only AT&T of old.

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