Amazon’s Deal for Whole Foods Could Mean This Organic-Food Company Is Sold Next

Amazon Inc.’s (AMZN) $13.7 billion industry-transforming acquisition of grocer Whole Foods (WFM) is putting the takeover spotlight on Hain Celestial (HAIN) , the only remaining publicly traded pure-play natural- and organic-food company.

WFM is Hain’s largest customer (indirectly), and it’s where HAIN sells a variety of organic products, including well-known brands Terra Chips and Celestial Seasonings teas.

WPP’s Martin Sorrell Says Whole Foods Deal Could Up Amazon’s Ad Game

The online retail giant has for years been described by ad executives as a “sleeping giant” in the digital advertising world, but its $13.4 billion acquisition of grocery chain Whole Foods WFM +1.16% could further strengthen Amazon’s ability to influence how and where WPP’s clients choose to spend their money, Mr. Sorrell said.

Amazon’s Whole Foods Buy Is Just the Beginning

“[The Whole Foods deal] is part of a bigger play—the retail sector is quite large,” said Bahige El Rayes, a principal in the retail practice of management consulting firm AT Kearney. “Grocery is a sector ripe for disruption… this sets Amazon up for doing new things, tapping into new sectors including apparel.”