AUSTIN, Texas — Whole Foods Market launched a verbal volley in its battle with the Federal Trade Commission over the chain's proposed acquisition of Wild Oats Markets last week with a 14,000-word blog post on Whole Foods' website. John Mackey, chairman and chief executive officer, Whole Foods, used his blog entry to sharply criticize the FTC for the way it handled the investigation of the deal and to defend his own statements about the reasons for pursuing the merger. “Instead of ...

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