Tag Archives: Grocery Wars

Will Amazon Kill Whole Foods’ Low-Priced 365 Chain?

Source: Grub Street NY

When Whole Foods opened the first of its 365 spinoff stores last May, it came with some big promises. In-store tattoo parlors ultimately didn’t make the cut, alas, but the company did say that 365 would be a nationwide chain where shoppers could find “a lot of other …

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Walmart Wants Keys to Your House So It Can Put Groceries Directly in the Fridge

Source: Grub Street NY

And you thought Alexa eavesdropping on your conversations was unsettling: Walmart has unveiled a new plan to upstage Amazon delivery, and it involves giving them a key to your house and access to your fridge. The company says that in the future it hopes to “keep some customers’ homes …

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Albertsons Is Buying Meal-Kit Start-up Plated

Source: Grub Street NY

More “disruption” is coming to the chaotic grocery industry, and this time, it’s a move by America’s second-chair conventional grocer, Albertsons. The chain of 2,300 supermarkets — almost 500 fewer than Kroger — says it’s buying Plated, a meal-kit service that 10 percent of Americans have heard of, but …

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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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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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Walmart Opened an Organic Fast-food Restaurant Inside One of Its Supermarkets

Source: Grub Street NY

Walmart — your one-stop shop for Patti LaBelle pies, 9/11-themed Coke displays, and back-to-school rifles — is really trying to diversify its brand image, if the restaurant chain it’s lured to a Florida store is any indication. A location in Orlando has opened a fully integrated …

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Target Dumps Hampton Creek

Source: Grub Street NY

Capping off a rough year for Hampton Creek, Target will no longer sell the vegan food start-up’s products. It’s not the news the Just Mayo maker was hoping for when in June the retailer announced it would remove all Hampton Creek products from its store shelves, after reportedly …

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Struggling Grocer Garden of Eden Will Close Its Store on 23rd Street

Source: Grub Street NY

Times are tough for New York’s — and especially Manhattan’s — neighborhood grocers. Even local chains like Gristedes and Fairway, the rare grocery store that managed to develop a following, have struggled mightily. Both Fairway and its more bite-size competitor Garden of Eden filed for bankruptcy last …

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This New ‘Brandless’ Online Grocery Store Sells Everything for $3

Source: Grub Street NY

There’s a new online retailer for shoppers who hate Big Food brands and/or love multiples of three. It’s a start-up called Brandless, based in San Francisco, that yesterday started selling generically packaged supermarket staples for $3, no matter the item. The goal is to “democratize goodness,” co-founder Tina …

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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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Brooklyn’s New Trader Joe’s Opens Tomorrow

Source: Grub Street NY

The wait is over. At 9 a.m. on Friday, after a year and a half of restless anticipation and dreams of Two Buck Chuck–fueled parties, Downtown Brooklyn will finally get its very own Trader Joe’s. The chain’s second location in the borough is opening on the ground floor of …

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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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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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Whole Foods CEO Is Ready to Fight Those ‘Greedy Bastard’ Activist Investors

Source: Grub Street NY

Whole Foods’ besieged CEO John Mackey understands that the company needs “to get better,” but he’ll be damned if he plans to go down without a war — of angry words, if nothing else. At least that’s the gist from this long profile on …

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Trader Joe’s Introduces the World’s Teeny-Tiniest Avocados

Source: Grub Street NY

Undersized foods are cute, but let’s be honest here: Graded on functionality, they stink. (Go ahead — see how full you get nibbling at a hamster’s hot dog.) Partly to prove there are exceptions to every rule, and partly because this masterstroke is sure to score them weeks, …

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Here’s Why German Discounter Lidl Will Escalate America’s Grocery-Price Wars

Source: Grub Street NY

Don’t know what a Lidl is? Most Americans have no clue either, but this is about to change. Short answer is, it’s a crazy-cheap grocery chain (pronounced LEE-dil) that’s already disrupted the retail market back home in Germany, as well as in 26 other countries. It’s now opened 10,000 stores …

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Whole Foods Says It’s Actually Lowering Prices

Source: Grub Street NY

Potential new board members take note: The head of Whole Foods’ grocery operations is spearheading an effort to centralize purchasing in order to lower the grocery chain’s prices. CEO John Mackey, who argues that the company’s “Whole Paycheck” nickname is “fundamentally a myth,” installed …

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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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Industry Analysts Say Whole Foods’ Traffic Declines Are ‘Staggering’

Source: Grub Street NY

New market data has somehow managed to make Whole Foods’ beleaguered lot look even worse. On top of reports last week that rival Albertsons was sniffing around Sprouts Farmers Market, an upstart organic grocer and wellness store whose prices are about 19 percent cheaper

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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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Whole Foods Will Downsize for the First Time in Nearly a Decade

Source: Grub Street NY

Stagnant sales have finally pushed Whole Foods into a spot so tight, it can’t wiggle out by getting bougier or throwing shoppers another lower-priced bone. On a call yesterday with investors, CEO John Mackey conceded that the grocery biz “is very different today than …

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Whole Foods Will Open Its Affordable 365 Store in Fort Greene

Source: Grub Street NY

So far, asparagus-water pioneer Whole Foods has opened locations of its budget-minded, “hip,” and “tech-oriented” spin off, 365, on the West Coast. The first landed in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, followed by locations in Bellevue, Washington and Lake Oswego, Oregon. Two and a half years after …

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Struggling Fairway Opens Its First Store Since Declaring Bankruptcy

Source: Grub Street NY

New York grocer Fairway declared bankruptcy last year following a financial freefall, but it’s not entirely down for the count just yet. Today, the chain officially opened a new, 40,000-square-foot store at 2149 Ralph Avenue in southern Brooklyn’s Georgetown neighborhood. It’s clearly testing the waters and aiming to …

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