Mergers, Acquisitions, And International Strategies

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Mergers, Acquisitions and International Strategies 1. The food industry is one of the business sectors that are in full development process. This development can be mostly attributed to fast food chains that have expanded in number of locations, types of products provided, and number of customers. An important trend that influences the food industry is represented by organic foods. It seems that in increased number of customers is interested in developing a healthy lifestyle. This also refers to food. Therefore, certain customer segments are interested in purchasing organic foods and beverages. Whole Foods Market is one of the most successful companies in the organic foods sector. The company was established in 1978 with a small natural foods store. The owners started this business in the attempt to develop a natural foods store chain in the U.S. In order to reach this objective, the small company had to merge and to acquire other small businesses that were necessary in order to expand the business. Some of the companies that Whole Foods Market acquired or merged with are represented by Wellspring Grocery, Bread & Circus, Mrs. Gooch's, Merchant of Vino, Allegro Coffee, Harry's Farmer Markets, Fresh Fish, Wild Oats Markets, and others. The strategy that determined these mergers and acquisitions is based on business expansion. This development of Whole Foods Markets was intended to be multi-leveled. This means that the company had to increase its number of locations, the
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