Filing Shows Judge Sees Broad Market for Organics

The Federal Trade Commission failed to prove that a separate market exists for “premium natural and organic supermarkets” in its antitrust case against the acquisition of Wild Oats by Whole Foods, according to the public version of the judge’s opinion in the denying a preliminary injunction.

WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission failed to prove that a separate market exists for “premium natural and organic supermarkets” in its antitrust case against the acquisition of Wild Oats by Whole Foods, according to the public version of the judge’s opinion in the denying a preliminary injunction. The opinion was made public yesterday. The judge sided with the chains in concluding that Whole Foods and Wild Oats increasingly compete with a variety of traditional supermarkets that offer

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