Cerberus Capital Management, the private equity group that backs Albertsons, has had preliminary talks with bankers about a takeover of Whole Foods, according to reports.

If accurate, the development indicates that activist investors who disclosed a stake in Whole Foods two weeks ago may have already prompted action from Whole Foods and potential suitors, according to Supermarket News. Full Story

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