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Whole Foods CEO calls deal with Amazon 'whirlwind courtship'

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey says the deal to be acquired by Amazon was the result of a "whirlwind courtship."

Mackey made the remarks during a town hall with Whole Foods employees after the $13.7 billion deal was announced late last week, according to a transcript of the talk filed Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Mackey said mutual friends set the companies up on a "blind date" in Seattle a little over six weeks ago, and that executives immediately hit it off and ended up speaking for more than two hours.

"It was truly love at first sight," said Mackey.

"We just had these big grins on our faces, like, 'These...

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