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Whole Foods to Pay NYC $500K in Overcharging Spat

Settlement also calls for audits to make sure products are labeled correctly

(Newser) - Whole Foods said Monday it will pay New York City $500,000 to settle allegations it overcharged customers for prepackaged foods. The city's Department of Consumer Affairs said the settlement also requires Whole Foods Market Inc. to conduct quarterly audits to ensure products are accurately weighed and labeled. The...

Whole Foods CEO 'Regrets' Calling ObamaCare 'Fascism'

John Mackey: I meant 'dictionary definition' of the word

(Newser) - John Mackey says he shouldn't have used the word "fascism" to refer to ObamaCare—but any dictionary would tell you he's technically right, he tells the Huffington Post . "I regret using that word now because it's got so much baggage attached to it," the...

Whole Foods CEO: ObamaCare Is Like Fascism

But ThinkProgress writer begs to differ with John Mackey

(Newser) - Thought Whole Foods founder John Mackey would be an Obama-loving liberal? Not so much. The self-described libertarian, who has compared ObamaCare to socialism in the past, now says "it's more like fascism." The quote comes from a new interview with NPR , and continues: "Socialism is where...

CTE Rampant Among Those With Frequent Head Trauma

Research points to long-term brain damage

(Newser) - Concern is growing over a link between repeated hits to the head and brain disease—and a new study adds fuel to the fire. Researchers studied donated brain samples from 85 deceased people who'd experienced frequent, mild episodes of traumatic brain injury, and found signs of a certain brain...

Colts Legend John Mackey Dies of Dementia at 69

Tight end changed game on and off the field

(Newser) - Former Baltimore Colt John Mackey, one of football's great tight ends and one of the fiercest advocates for the rights of NFL players, has died from dementia at the age of 69. Mackey, who revolutionized his position during his playing days, won better pensions and benefits for players as...

Meet the 'Right-Wing Hippie' Who Runs Whole Foods

No meat for John Mackey; no unions, either

(Newser) - John Mackey is a libertarian, an adherent of Ayn Rand, a skeptic about climate change, a vegan, and the CEO of Whole Foods. The company does $8 billion in annual sales, but Mackey flies commercial and drives a Civic hybrid. Nick Paumgarten investigates this walking contradiction, described by a business...

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Why it's wrongheaded to boycott Whole Foods to punish CEO

(Newser) - Boycotting Whole Foods is the wrong move for liberals irate about the politics of the company's CEO, Mary Schmich writes in the Chicago Tribune. Before joining Facebook boycott groups and denying themselves the company's farm-fed, fair-trade wares, angry customers should consider the difference between "a business's practices and a...

Whole Foods May Reap Wild Oats: Judge

Federal Judge won't block merger

(Newser) - A federal judge refused to block Whole Foods' $565 million purchase of  the company's organic supermarket rival, Wild Oats Markets, despite an effort by the Federal Trade Commission to prevent the merger. The merger could go through next week if there is no appeal, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Whole Foods CEO Sorry for Web Subterfuge

Online shenanigans draw board scrutiny along with SEC probe

(Newser) - The CEO of Whole Foods apologized yesterday for boosting his company and posting snide comments about a rival supermarket chain in Internet forums and said he "had fun doing it." John Mackey's actions over the last 8 years have already triggered an SEC investigation, and the company's board...

SEC Probes Yahoo Posts of Whole Foods CEO

SEC probes executive's posts on Yahoo! Finance message board

(Newser) - John Mackey, the Whole Foods CEO who posted attacks on a competitor in Yahoo financial forums, is under scrutiny by the SEC for his anonymous mischief-making. The federal agency is informally investigating whether the posts violate "fair disclosure" rules. They could be a problem for Mackey if officials find...

Food Fight: CEO Ripped Rival in Secret Posts

Whole Foods boss trashed Wild Oats in Yahoo forum

(Newser) - The founder of Whole Foods secretly posted messages on a Yahoo stock investors forum—boosting his own company and damning competitor Wild Oats, the Wall Street Journal reports. Now, as CEO John Mackey tries to buy the company he trash-talked, the posts that ran for eight years have come back...

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