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US: Whole Foods again extends Wild Oats share offer

10 Aug 2007

Whole Foods Market has once again extended the tender offer for shares in takeover target Wild Oats Markets.

US: Wild Oats sees H1 profits fall on higher costs

9 Aug 2007

Wild Oats Markets, the natural and organic grocery chain at the centre of a legal battle over its planned sale to Whole Foods Market, has seen its profits plummet in the first half of the year.

US: Store opening costs weigh on Whole Foods

1 Aug 2007

Whole Foods Market saw third-quarter profits dip on the back of costs linked to new store openings.

US: Whole Foods, Wild Oats head to court

31 Jul 2007

US retailers Whole Foods Market and Wild Oats Markets head into court today (31 July) to try to push though their proposed merger in the face of fierce opposition from the country’s competition watchdog.

US: Investment group attacks Whole Foods boss

27 Jul 2007

A US investment group linked to union pension funds holding shares in Whole Foods Market have called for chief executive John Mackey to step down from his additional role as chairman.

US: Whole Foods extends deadline for Wild Oats offer

20 Jul 2007

Whole Foods Market has again extended its tender offer to buy the outstanding shares of Wild Oats Markets.

US: Whole Foods confirms SEC probe; CEO apologies

18 Jul 2007

Whole Foods Market has confirmed it has been contacted by the US share watchdog over an inquiry into online financial message board postings about the retailer and Wild Oats Markets.

US: SEC to probe Whole Foods boss' online postings

16 Jul 2007

Whole Foods Market CEO John Mackey is reportedly facing an informal investigation from the US Securities and Exchange Commission over the remarks he posted anonymously on the Internet regarding rival firm Wild Oats Markets.

US: Whole Foods boss defends Wild Oats attacks

12 Jul 2007

The chief executive of US retailer Whole Foods Market has defended his past attacks on takeover target Wild Oats Markets as “playing devil’s advocate”.

The just-food interview – Charlotte Henderson, WRAP

29 Jun 2007

Among the green issues which have come to the fore in recent years, none is more pressing than waste reduction, and in the UK the food industry is among the worst offenders. As public and political pressure grows, the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) is playing a vital role in helping UK food producers and retailers to reduce waste. Dean Best met Charlotte Henderson, WRAP’s retail innovation manager, to find out more.

US: Whole Foods plans to sell stores if it prevails in FTC case

21 Jun 2007

Whole Foods Market has said that it is planning to sell 35 stores if it wins its case with the US Federal Trade Commission concerning Whole Foods Market's merger with Wild Oats Markets.

US: Court date set for Whole Foods merger hearing

13 Jun 2007

A US court will meet next month to rule on the Federal Trade Commission's request to block the merger between Whole Foods Market and Wild Oats Markets.

Whole Foods looks to lead organic transformation

7 Jun 2007

Whole Foods Market opened its first organic and natural goods superstore outside North America, in central London yesterday (6 June). Appealing to high-end shoppers, the US niche retailer has indicated that it has big plans for the market but, writes Katy Humphries, the UK could prove a tough nut to crack.

UK: Whole Foods opens London store

6 Jun 2007

US organic and natural foods retailer Whole Foods Market has officially opened its first outlet in the UK.

US: FTC to challenge Whole Foods, Wild Oats merger

6 Jun 2007

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is to challenge Whole Foods Market's planned acquistion of rival US and Canadian whole and organic foods chain Wild Oats.

US: Amish Naturals wins United Natural distribution

5 Jun 2007

Amish Naturals has secured a distribution deal that will see the organic pasta manufacturer gain access to retailers including Whole Foods Market and Wild Oats.

US: Whole Foods extends deadline for Wild Oats deal

25 Apr 2007

Natural and organic foods retailer Whole Foods Market has extended the expiration date for its tender offer to purchase outstanding shares of Wild Oats Markets.

US: Whole Foods launches socially responsible sourcing guarantee

29 Mar 2007

Natural and organic food retailer Whole Foods Markets has announced the creation of the Whole Trade Guarantee, a buying programme that promises the company will meet certain ethical sourcing standards in its dealings with developing countries.

US: Whole Foods extends Wild Oats offer period

22 Mar 2007

Organic and natural foods retailer Whole Foods Market has announced that it has extended the expiration date for its tender offer to acquire outstanding shares of Wild Oats Markets to 5:00 pm, New York time, on 24 April.

US: Whole Foods snaps up Wild Oats

22 Feb 2007

Austin, Texas-based natural and organic food retailer Whole Foods Markets has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire smaller rival Wild Oats Markets in a deal which, Whole Foods said, will allow it to better compete with traditional grocery chains that are increasingly cutting into the organic niche.

US: Profits slump at Whole Foods

22 Feb 2007

Whole Foods Markets, the natural and organic retail chain, has revealed that first quarter profits sagged despite revenue and same-store sales gains.

UK: Whole Foods opening set for early June

13 Feb 2007

Whole Foods Markets has said that it is on-track to open its flagship UK store in London in early June.

US: Whole Foods recall over glass found

2 Feb 2007

Whole Foods Market has recalled 6,000 jars of 365 Everyday Value Kalamata Olive Tapenade because the product may contain glass fragments.

US: Whole Foods shareholders move to split chairman, CEO roles

22 Jan 2007

A group of shareholders in Whole Foods Market have proposed the separation of the chief executive and chairman roles through a shareholder proposal filed with the Securities and Exchange commission today (22 January).

US: Whole Foods doubles stock repurchase programme

8 Nov 2006

Based on the company’s strong results for the last financial year, the board of directors at Whole Foods Market has approved a US$100m increase in its stock repurchase programme, doubling the current authorisation to $200m in the next three years.

US: PotatoFinger inks distribution deal with Whole Food Markets

8 Nov 2006

Following a successful test run in the Atlanta market, PotatoFinger Snack Foods has signed an agreement that places PotatoFinger branded potato chips in select South-eastern Whole Foods Market locations.

US: Whole Foods Market finishes year with Q4 increases

3 Nov 2006

Natural and organic foods firm Whole Foods Market said that sales increased 16% to $1.3bn for fourth quarter 2006.

US: Safeway Q3 rockets on Lifestyle store innovation

13 Oct 2006

The US’s third-largest supermarket Safeway has reported strong growth in net income on the back of stronger premium sales reported at the retailers newly remodelled Lifestyle stores.

US: Kettle Foods switches to wind power

3 Oct 2006

Kettle Foods, manufacturer of the most popular natural potato chip in the US, has announced that from this month it will purchase wind energy credits to offset 100% of its electricity use in the US.

US: United Natural Foods extends deal with WFM

3 Oct 2006

United Natural Foods has entered a new seven-year primary distribution agreement with Whole Foods Market Distribution, part of organic and natural retailer Whole Foods Market (WFM).

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