Tag Archives: Grocery Wars

More People Say They’re Finding ‘Entirely Empty’ Shelves at Whole Foods

Source: Grub Street NY

Shoppers are once again giving Jeff Bezos a piece of their mind about his Whole Foods management style. After Amazon started calling the shots in August, complaints soon followed that store shelves were suddenly having trouble staying full. It was easy to dismiss this as the result …

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America’s Ongoing Grocery-Price War Has Created the Cheapest Thanksgiving Dinner in 5 Years

Source: Grub Street NY

Don’t forget to say a very special thank-you this Thursday for the U.S. grocery industry’s everescalating battle for shoppers. Several new reports show that the cost of this year’s Thanksgiving dinner is almost the lowest it has been in the past decade, which you can mostly credit …

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Walmart Is Making Punch-Flavored Pickles and Other Gonzo Groceries to Compete With Amazon

Source: Grub Street NY

Amazon’s Whole Foods buyout cramped Walmart’s style, and one way the world’s largest and richest company is fighting the insurgent e-retailer is by having scientists work in a secret, Willy Wonka-style food lab. It’s called the Culinary and Innovation Center, and the point is inventing “exclusive” foods you can’t …

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When a New Lidl Opens, Customers Form iPhone-Length Lines

Source: Grub Street NY

Maybe it’s time to start caring about Lidl, the German discount grocer that’s invading America one small mid-Atlantic town at a time? Since the first U.S. stores opened in June, the company’s 89-cent pineapples, $1.80 gallons of milk, and other incredibly wallet-friendly items have been routinely drawing grand-opening …

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Amazon Cuts Whole Foods’ Prices Again Ahead of Thanksgiving

Source: Grub Street NY

Whole Foods bargain hunters can start finding Thanksgiving recipes that don’t involve organic bananas or avocado, because Amazon announced this morning that prices just dropped on a bunch more groceries. The cuts, which began today, expand discounts that Amazon rolled out on 15 items after the acquisition. …

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Postmates Is Now Promising Customers 30-Minute Grocery Deliveries

Source: Grub Street NY

The death of AmazonFresh in lots of states suggests even the world’s top shipping company can’t crack grocery delivery yet. Undeterred, Postmates has issued a hold-my-beer message to its larger rival: It said yesterday that it’s released an “on-demand farmer’s market” called — wait for it — Fresh. …

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Amazon Is Scaling Back Its Fresh-Food Delivery

Source: Grub Street NY

In a somewhat surprising move, given the fact it just bought Whole Foods, Amazon has announced plans to scale back its grocery-delivery service. It told customers yesterday in at least five states that they have until November 30 to place their final AmazonFresh orders — which may or may …

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Whole Foods Is Actually Hiring Another 6,000 Human Workers

Source: Grub Street NY

When Amazon bought Whole Foods, analysts feared Jeff Bezos’s growth model — easy online shopping paired with an algorithm that dangles unnecessary items “frequently bought together” — could be a death knell for the grocery chain’s carefully crafted human touch. Warehouse jobs would go first, they said, followed …

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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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