The Morning Brew: Friday, 8/17

Aug 17, 2007 at 9:00 am

In case you missed last night's update: A federal judge won't block Whole Foods' acquisition of Wild Oats. (New York Times)

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The exact reasoning behind the judge's decision won't be made public. (Doing so would reveal Whole Foods' corporate secrets.)

Some details have leaked to the press, however:

...Clifford H. Aronson, a lawyer for Wild Oats who had quickly read the decision, said the judge simply did not believe that there was a unique market for natural and organic foods, as the F.T.C. had argued. He said the online postings from Mr. Mackey did not sway the judge.

"It was a sideshow, but it doesn't make an antitrust case," Mr. Aronson said.

Look! Both of our favorites stories from this summer!

A report from the Chinese government claims that nearly all of the country's food exports meet the safety standards of the U.S., the E.U. and Japan. (Bloomberg)

-Ian Froeb