AUSTIN, Texas -- Whole Foods Market here said it plans to use a small natural-foods chain it is acquiring in London as a platform to expand in the United Kingdom and eventually into continental Europe. "This is the starting point for us," John Mackey, chairman, president and chief executive officer, told analysts during a conference call here. The vehicle for Whole Foods' first European venture will be Fresh & Wild, a three-year-old chain of seven stores, plus one under construction, ...

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