Big vegan-related business news these past few weeks is Whole Foods CEO (and vegan) John Mackey’s war of words with the Federal Trade Commission over the FTC’s challenge to block Whole Foods’ plans to buy Wild Oats.
What makes this story juicy though, are the allegations/conspiracy theories (take your pick, depending on where you stand) that this effort by the FTC is actually the handiwork of cronies of the Bush administration to punish its political opponents, which would be the Austin-based liberals at Whole Foods. Check out this interesting article from Daniel Gross of Slate.com about “Bush’s War on Whole Foods.”
Mackey has written a 14,000 word blog post on his personal blog on Whole Foods’ website to defend his company’s plans to acquire Wild Oats, while the FTC has stuck to its complaint that a Whole Foods-Wild Oats merger will “mean higher prices, reduced quality, and fewer choices for consumers.”
Meanwhile, Fortune magazine is taking questions for John Mackey for a future issue here concerning “the organic food market, the Wild Oats merger and corporate ethics.”