BURKLE BACK IN BUSINESS WITH PATHMARK, WILD OATS

LOS ANGELES -- Yucaipa Cos., which has been in and out of the food industry as an investor, is in again.

Within hours of disclosing it had acquired a 9.2% stake in Wild Oats, the investment group here said late last week it plans to buy a 40% interest in Pathmark Stores through an investment of $150 million that will be used in an effort to reposition the financially strapped company for improved sales and profitability.

In an interview with SN, Ron Burkle, Yucaipa

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