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Amazon May Soon Bring Shake Shack to Your Door

Source: Grub Street NY

After less than a month as Whole Foods’ overlord, Amazon is making another big food grab. It’s teaming up with Olo, a large food-ordering company that counts Danny Meyer as an investor and does catering orders for Chipotle. Olo says the partnership will put its current raft …

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McDonald’s Might Try to Sell Amazon Its Old Headquarters Outside of Chicago

Source: Grub Street NY

The sleepy Chicago suburb of Oak Brook says it’s got just the thing to beat the approximately 90,000 other cities vying for Amazon’s second headquarters. Since 1971, the small Illinois village of 7,883 has been the work home of thousands of McDonald’s corporate employees, but the burger chain …

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Amazon Is Quietly Seizing Control of Booze Delivery Now, Too

Source: Grub Street NY

Amazon’s tentacles are extending even further into booze delivery, a realm known for giving almost every would-be “disrupter” a headache, thanks to all the legal and logistical problems associated with shipping alcohol. Just to scratch the surface: USPS won’t deliver at all, and UPS and FedEx will, but only …

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Amazon Merger Is Bringing Whole Foods the Most Shoppers It’s Had in Years

Source: Grub Street NY

It’s still not as cheap as competitors, but Whole Foods may not need Walmart-level rollbacks to crush the other guys anyway: Signs already point to a big boost in traffic since merging with Amazon. The Wall Street Journal hears informally that stores are seeing serious sales leaps, and …

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Here Are the Whole Foods Products You Can Find Right Now on Amazon

Source: Grub Street NY

Amazon has now added over a thousand Whole Foods products to its website in hopes of moving the grocer’s shoppers online. (The cost of shipping all those Echos to stores isn’t going to pay for itself, after all.) The e-commerce giant is eager for — some experts would …

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Go Get Whole Foods’ $2 Avocados While You Can!

Source: Grub Street NY

Did you scarf down two bowlfuls of guacamole last night? Big whoop — you’re having guac again tonight. Why? Because Whole Foods’ avocados, which used to cost you $3 each plus your firstborn child, are now merely two bucks. Pay no attention to the voice in your head that’s …

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Amazon’s Refusal to Pull Breitbart Ads Is Causing People to Boycott Whole Foods

Source: Grub Street NY

Today’s the dawn of the new regime at Whole Foods — a 365 Everyday Value page on Amazon.com, and cheaper avocados plus “Farm Fresh” Amazon Echos at kiosks inside stores. But Amazon’s successful buyout does come with one downside, and that’s the baggage of Jeff Bezos’s refusal …

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Amazon Is Essentially Turning Prime Into a Whole Foods Rewards Program

Source: Grub Street NY

Certainly the hand-wringing’s only just begun about what this means, but Amazon and Whole Foods announced today that their merger is officially all set. Whole Foods shareholders approved the buyout yesterday, and the FTC has green-lit the $13.7 billion deal, so prepare for their joint “vision” …

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Amazon’s Alexa Now Gives Tips on Food Waste

Source: Grub Street NY

Amazon has given its personal assistant Alexa a handy little upgrade — she now dispenses tips on how to quit wasting food, something you’re probably already guilty of doing today. Her new “Skill” (as voice-powered apps that run on an Echo are called) is part of Save the …

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Amazon Is Already Selling Its Meal Kits

Source: Grub Street NY

Only yesterday did the world learn that, yes, Amazon is definitely planning a full-scale assault on Blue Apron and the rest of the meal-kit industry. Well, turns out that needs a slight grammatical tense change: Not planning for the future, but planned, like it’s already happening. Apparently, a …

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Amazon Already Registered a Trademark for a Meal-Kit Service

Source: Grub Street NY

Everyone suspected this was coming, but there’s finally official confirmation this morning that Amazon is indeed plotting a takeover of the meal-kit-delivery business. The dead giveaway was a trademark it filed a couple weeks ago, on July 6, for just such a service. The application outlines an undertaking …

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Here Are the People Who Could Stop the Whole Foods–Amazon Deal

Source: Grub Street NY

Amazon’s swallowing of Whole Foods understandably has supermarket chains and meal-kit companies alike sweating bullets, but even if they were dead set on blowing up the merger, they really couldn’t; a full derailment would require either angry shareholders (who still have to officially approve it) or a …

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Olive Garden’s Parent Company Warns It’s Testing Amazon Deliveries, Too

Source: Grub Street NY

Olive Garden owner Darden Restaurants announced today that, like all businesses hoping to exist in the year 2025, it’s decided to partner up with Amazon. CEO Gene Lee dropped the news in an earnings call, although he didn’t really give any specifics outside of confirming that they …

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Amazon Will Likely Cut Warehouse Jobs First at Whole Foods

Source: Grub Street NY

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey has argued that when Amazon swoops in and sprinkles its e-commerce magic dust, the grocery chain will “evolve in leaps and bounds.” This is widely understood to be code, in part, for “announce job cuts,” and today Bloomberg makes a prediction about …

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How Amazon Can Help Whole Foods Fix Itself

Source: Grub Street NY

It’s impossible to predict what the proposed purchase of Whole Foods by Amazon might mean for the grocery chain, for the future of food and retailing in general, for the nascent meal-kit industry, for employment in the retail space, and so on. It’s equally impossible not …

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Whole Foods Doesn’t Have a ‘Tinder Relationship’ With Amazon, Its CEO Clarifies

Source: Grub Street NY

Despite rumors that soon-to-be-owner Amazon might slash jobs by automating portions of Whole Foods stores, CEO John Mackey is stressing that the deal’s still basically a match made in heaven. He didn’t use that phrase per se when describing the deal to employees at a town hall …

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Alice Waters Tells Amazon’s Jeff Bezos: You Can ‘Change Our Food System Overnight’

Source: Grub Street NY

On Friday, Amazon announced that it would acquire Whole Foods for $13.7 billion. Some responded to the news by speculating about possible antitrust issues, with Representative Ro Khanna of California sharing a statement expressing concern “about what this deal means for suppliers and neighborhood grocery stores.” Food activist …

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Monday Morning TL;DR: This Place Is Making Garbage Ice Cream (For Charity)

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

So here we are again. Another Monday morning, the start to another week. And if you’ve found your way here, it’s probably because you’d like to know more about the Whole Foods/Amazon deal, the etiquette of European food fights, that Japanese restaurant that makes you fish for your dinner, or the changing menus at Panda Express.

But let’s start with something that we can all agree is awesome: Ice cream. Here’s how Salt & Straw, a Portland-based “ice cream laboratory” (eye roll…), is making new ice cream flavors out of garbage.

Sure, but are they putting a bird ...

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Amazon Is Reportedly Planning to Cut Jobs at Whole Foods

Source: Grub Street NY

Amazon’s $14 billion deal to buy Whole Foods — its largest acquisition ever — gives Jeff Bezos a chance to rebuild the struggling organic grocery chain from the ground up, if he wants to. So far, predictions include that the e-commerce giant will find ways to lower …

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Amazon Disrupted Seattle’s Fruit Economy by Giving Out Millions of Free Bananas

Source: Grub Street NY

Amazon’s attempt to give away healthy fruit by installing banana stands outside its headquarters has, it turns out, accidentally squished the local market for the fruit. That, of course, wasn’t the kind of “disruption” Jeff Bezos anticipated per se when the idea rolled out, The Wall Street Journal

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Investors Want Whole Foods to Sell the Company to Amazon or Kroger

Source: Grub Street NY

Whole Foods has reached the point where activist investors are starting to circle the limping company like vultures. Today, The Wall Street Journal reports that the hedge fund Jana Partners has amassed nearly a 9 percent stake in the grocery chain, officially making it the company’s second-largest shareholder. …

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How Amazon Plans to Become America’s Go-to Grocery Store

Source: Grub Street NY

Having already conquered the world of online shopping, Amazon is now gearing up to go IRL where it counts: groceries. The persistent rumors that the born-and-raised online-only retailer would, in an unusual about-face, get into brick-and-mortar grocery stores were confirmed in December, when the company released a promotional video for …

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Amazon Reportedly Wants Robots to Run Supermarkets

Source: Grub Street NY

The New York Post has some new intel on Amazon’s supermarket aspirations, and if true, the future of grocery shopping sounds like being trapped in an Amazon fulfillment center. Sources “briefed on the plans” leaked the prototype for a “supermarket-sized version” of the Amazon Go grocery …

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Walmart Quickly Yanks ‘Got Retard?’ Coffee Mugs From Its Website

Source: Grub Street NY

It was a little-known secret, but right up until sometime yesterday, Walmart.com was the spot for the season’s most impossible-to-find stocking stuffer: the “got retard?” coffee mug. In a listing now long gone from the retailer’s site (as well as Amazon’s, where it was

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