Amazon and Whole Foods announce 2018 Amazon Prime Day promotion

July 10, 2018

(Photo courtesy of Whole Foods Market)

The following is a press release from Amazon:

Amazon and Whole Foods Market today announced exclusive ways Prime members can save in store in celebration of this year’s Prime Day (and a half), which kicks off on Amazon July 16 at 12 pm PT/3 pm ET. From July 11 through July 17, Prime members can get $10 on Amazon for Prime Day when they shop in Whole Foods Market. Visit wfm.com/primeday to learn more.

“This is Whole Foods Market’s first Prime Day and we’re taking the shopping experience to the next level,” said John Mackey, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Whole Foods Market. “Between our exclusive deals and special Prime Day offers, you’re not going to want to miss out on these savings.”

Prime members can enjoy the following offers and savings leading up to Prime Day:

  • Spend $10, get $10: Prime members who spend $10 at Whole Foods Market July 11 – 17 will receive a $10 Amazon account credit to use on Prime Day (and a half), by scanning the Prime Code in their Whole Foods Market or Amazon app when they check out.
  • Get 10% Back: Amazon Prime Rewards Visa cardmembers with an eligible Prime membership will enjoy double the rewards – 10% Back – on up to a total of $400 in purchases when shopping at Whole Foods Market from July 14 – 17.
  • Shop Prime Now and save up to $20: Prime members who have not yet tried grocery delivery from Whole Foods Market stores via Prime Now will receive $10 off their order when they shop before July 17, and will get $10 to use towards a future order.
  • Check out Amazon devices: Starting on Prime Day (and a half), Prime members in many stores across the country will have access to the biggest deals yet on Alexa-enabled products like Echo and Fire TV.
  • Enjoy even more exclusive offers on select seasonal items from July 11 through July 17, including:
    • Organic strawberries, 1 lb. container, 2/$5
    • Boneless chicken breasts, animal welfare rated, air-chilled, $3.99/lb., save 40 percent or more
    • Icelandic cod fillets, sustainably wild caught, $8.99/lb., save $6/lb.
    • Allegro bagged coffee, sustainably sourced, buy one, get one free
    • MegaFood Vitamins & Supplements, 30 percent off
    • RXBAR Protein Bars, 1.83 oz., all flavors, 2/$3
    • Waterloo Sparkling Water (12 pack 12 oz. cans), including flavors like lime and mango, 2/$7
    • Honey Nut Cheerios, buy one, get one free
    • Lesley Stowe Raincoast Crisps, 3 oz., $4.99
    • Self-serve tea cookies by the pound, 40 percent off

“This year Prime members will experience a special flavor of Prime Day in every Whole Foods Market store nationwide,” said Cem Sibay, Vice President, Amazon Prime. “Prime members will also save big, from earning $10 to spend on Amazon for Prime Day when they spend $10 at Whole Foods Market, to 10% Back when shopping Whole Foods Market using their Amazon Prime Rewards Visa card.”

How to Save

Prime members who spend $10 in a single transaction in store and scan their Prime Code in the Whole Foods Market or Amazon app, or provide their linked phone number at checkout, will receive a $10 credit that will be automatically applied to their Amazon account and can be used on Amazon during Prime Day (and a half). Prime Day deals start at 12 pm PT/3 pm ET on Monday, July 16. Visit wfm.com/primeday to learn more.

Prime Members Shopping Whole Foods Market

In addition to this first celebration of Prime Day, Amazon and Whole Foods Market have already launched benefits available year-round, like deep discounts on select popular products and an additional 10 percent off hundreds of sale items throughout Whole Foods Market stores, delivery in as little as an hour from Whole Foods Market stores through Prime Now in 19 cities, and eligible Prime members receive 5% Back on Whole Foods Market purchases when using the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card.

Every Day Made Better with Prime

Prime was designed to make your life better every single day. Over 100 million paid members around the world enjoy the many benefits of Prime, including shopping and entertainment. In the U.S. that includes unlimited access to award-winning movies and TV episodes with Prime Video; unlimited access to Prime Music, Audible Channels for Prime, Prime Reading, Prime Photos, Twitch Prime; early access to select Lightning Deals, one free pre-released book a month with Amazon First Reads, and more. Prime members can also get deep discounts on select popular products at Whole Foods Market plus an additional 10 percent off hundreds of sale items. Prime was built on the foundation of unlimited fast, free shipping and members receive Prime FREE One-Day Shipping and Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery in more than 8,000 cities and towns and unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 100 million items. Start a free trial of Amazon Prime at amazon.com/prime.

About Whole Foods Market

For 39 years, Whole Foods Market has been the world’s leading natural and organic foods retailer. As the first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market has over 470 stores in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom.

Whole Foods makes mochi ice cream available in more Canadian stores, offers discounts for National Ice Cream Day 2018

July 7, 2018

The following are press releases from Whole Foods Market:

(Photo courtesy of Whole Foods Market)

In celebration of National Ice Cream Day on July 15, all Whole Foods Market stores will have a three-day sale on Ben & Jerry’s and Talenti dairy and non-dairy ice cream pints. Customers can choose two of any of Ben & Jerry’s or Talenti pints for $6. Prime Members receive an extra 10% off.

Check with your local store for flavor selections and sundae topping suggestions.

This offer is valid at U.S. Whole Foods Market stores from July 13 to 15, 2018, while supplies last.

mochi ice cream
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Whole Foods Market is now offering self-serve mochi ice cream in most Canadian stores in Ontario and British Columbia. Mochi ice cream is a popular Japanese-inspired dessert made by covering bite-sized balls of creamy vegan ice cream with a sweet Japanese rice dough.

“We first launched this unique and wildly popular sweet treat in Canada last April at our new North Vancouver store opening,” says Andy Sasser, global category manager at Whole Foods Market. “The customer response was overwhelming and we’re thrilled to roll out the program to an additional 11 Canadian Whole Foods Market locations just in time for summer.”

Individual mochi ice creams are available in self-serve cases and shoppers can choose from a variety of flavors, including chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and salted caramel, with additional rotating seasonal flavors to come. Prices range from $2.29 for a single serving and $12.99 for six.

Canadian Whole Foods Market stores now carrying the product include seven Ontario locations and five British Columbia locations:

Ontario:

  • Yorkville: 87 Avenue Rd, Toronto
  • Oakville: 301 Cornwall Rd, Oakville
  • Square One Mississauga: 155 Square One, Mississauga
  • Unionville: 3997 Highway 7, Markham
  • Yonge and Sheppard: 4771 Yonge St, Toronto
  • Leaside: 1860 Bayview Ave., Toronto
  • Lansdowne Park: 951 Bank Street, Ottawa

British Columbia:

  • West Vancouver: 925 Main St, West Vancouver
  • Cambie: 510 West Eighth Ave., Vancouver
  • North Vancouver: 120 13th Street E, Vancouver
  • North Burnaby 4420 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby
  • Victoria – 3587 Blanshard Street, Victoria

Amazon offers additional 10 percent Amazon Prime discount at Whole Foods

May 30, 2018

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The following is a press release from Amazon:

Prime members can now get an additional 10 percent off sale items, typically hundreds of products throughout the store, plus weekly deep discounts on select best-selling items. These savings are currently available in all stores across Florida and will expand to all Whole Foods Market and Whole Foods Market 365 stores nationwide starting this summer.

Prime member deals will be prominently featured in store. Customers can also go to the Whole Foods Market app to learn about many of the best offers each week. The following deals will be in Florida stores from May 16 through May 22, with new and exclusive offers rotating weekly:

  • Sustainably-sourced, wild-caught halibut steaks: $9.99/lb., save $10/lb.
  • Organic strawberries: 1 lb. for $2.99, save $2
  • Cold brew coffee at Allegro coffee bars: 50% off 16 oz.
  • KIND granola: 11 oz. bag 2/$6
  • 365 Everyday Value sparkling water: 12-pack case buy one, get one free
  • Magic Mushroom Powder: 50% off
  • Plus, an additional 10% off hundreds of sale items throughout the store

“We’re thrilled for Whole Foods Market to be part of the Prime experience,” said John Mackey, Co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market. “By offering greater discounts on sale items, and exclusive deals like $10 off a pound for sustainably-sourced, wild-caught halibut, launching savings for Prime members is an amazing opportunity to bring our industry-leading quality standards and delicious food to more customers at a better price.”

This is the latest benefit for Prime members shopping Whole Foods Market. Earlier this year, the companies launched free two-hour delivery on Whole Foods Market groceries through Prime Now in 10 cities, with more to come in 2018. Eligible Prime members also receive 5% Back on Whole Foods Market purchases when using the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card.

“This new Prime benefit at Whole Foods Market is a perfect pairing of healthy and delicious food at even more affordable prices,” said Cem Sibay, Vice President, Amazon Prime. “Our vision is that every day Prime makes your life better, easier and more fun, and shopping at Whole Foods Market with exclusive deals and savings is all of this and more.”

Amazon and Whole Foods Market have reduced prices for all customers on hundreds of grocery staples and fresh foods across the store, including: responsibly-farmed salmon, raw shrimp and tilapia; organic baby kale and organic broccoli; animal welfare-rated lean ground beef; and organic and no-antibiotic, boneless skinless chicken breasts. Shopping at Whole Foods Market is now even more convenient with Amazon Lockers, where customers can pick up and return eligible Amazon purchases at nearly 400 Whole Foods Market stores nationwide. Plus, customers can now shop for Amazon devices, such as Echo and Fire TV, while grabbing groceries at select stores.

To get started, customers download the Whole Foods Market app, sign in with their Amazon account and then scan the app’s Prime Code at checkout. Or, customers can opt in to use their phone number to save at checkout. To learn more about Prime at Whole Foods Market, link your phone number or to try Prime free for 30 days, go to amazon.com/primesavings.

Every Day Made Better with Prime

Prime was designed to make your life better every single day. Over 100 million paid members around the world enjoy the many benefits of Prime, including shipping, shopping and entertainment. In the U.S. that includes unlimited access to award-winning movies and TV episodes with Prime Video; unlimited access to Prime Music, Audible Channels for Prime, Prime Reading, Prime Photos, Twitch Prime; early access to select Lightning Deals, one free pre-released book a month with Amazon First Reads, and more. Prime was built on the foundation of unlimited fast, free shipping and members receive unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 100 million items, Prime FREE One-Day Shipping and Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery in more than 8,000 cities and towns, and two-hour delivery with Prime Now in more than 30 major cities. Start a free trial of Amazon Prime at amazon.com/amazonprime.

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About Whole Foods Market

For 39 years, Whole Foods Market has been the world’s leading natural and organic foods retailer. As the first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market has over 470 stores in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom.

Whole Foods Market’s holiday tastings: See the complete schedule

November 3, 2017

Whole Foods Market Holiday Sides
Whole Foods Market Holiday Sides (Photo courtesy of Whole Foods)

The following is a press release from Whole Foods Market:

As the holidays approach, Whole Foods Market is offering shoppers a taste of the season with holiday sampling events in every store nationwide. During two weekends in November and December, customers can sample dishes from Whole Foods Market’s holiday catering menu, including seasonal classics, regional favorites, and new vegan and vegetarian options.

Each “Taste of Whole Foods Market” event will showcase both national and regional prepared offerings like chef-inspired turkey, gravy, appetizers, sides, breads and desserts.

Whole Foods Market team members will be available to help shoppers reserve their Thanksgiving turkeys or holiday meals at in-store welcome stations.

Event dates and times include:

  • Nov. 4-5 from 12 to 4 p.m.
  • Nov. 11-12 from 12 to 4 p.m.
  • Dec. 2-3 from 12 to 4 p.m.
  • Dec. 9-10 from 12 to 4 p.m.

Holiday meals are currently available for pre-order at shop.wfm.com. For more information on “Taste of Whole Foods Market” events and offerings, customers can reach out to their local Whole Foods Market store at wfm.com/stores.

Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods: 5 ways it could change how people shop for groceries

June 16, 2017

by Carla Hay

Whole Foods Market
(Photo courtesy of Whole Foods Market)

When online retail giant Amazon announced on June 16, 2017, that it was buying health-oriented grocery chain Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, the effects were immediately seen in company stocks: Amazon’s shares were up 3 percent at $993.40, adding more than $14 billion to its market capitalization, according to Reuters.

Whole Foods customers are mostly upscale consumers, and the company has been openly courting millennials (people ages 18 to 34), who tend to be more conscious about how and where their food is sourced. Here are five ways that an Amazon-owned Whole Foods could change the grocery industry and how people buy groceries.

Whole Foods Market
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Whole Foods will improve online orders and home delivery. Amazon has long been an industry leader in online retail and product delivery, and the company has been investing heavily in drones and drop-off centers. Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods is an obvious move for Amazon to become the world’s top online grocery service. That means online food delivery services such as GrubHub, UberEats and FreshDirect will be hit hard by this competition from an Amazon-owned Whole Foods.

 Whole Foods Market
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Whole Foods will become available in more countries. Whole Foods currently has 444 stores in the U.S., 12 stores in Canada and 9 stores in the U.K., according to the company.  Expect  more Whole Foods stores (and the company’s spinoff chain of stores 365 by Whole Foods Market) to open in  several other countries over the years.

Competitors will lower their prices. Trader Joe’s and Sprouts are direct competitors to Whole Foods because they have been targeting similar upscale consumers.  Expect them to lower their prices in order to better compete with Whole Foods, which offers extra amenities (such as in-store dining) that most of their grocery competitors do not. Meanwhile, other competitors such as Walmart, Target, Walgreens and Rite-Aid, which sell numerous other products besides groceries, will also have to reconsider their pricing and inventory strategies.

Whole Foods Market
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Whole Foods will become more of a lifestyle destination. Just like Starbucks is repositioning itself as more than just a place that sells coffee, Whole Foods will expand its offerings beyond groceries in order to take advantage of Amazon’s massive inventory. Whole Foods already sells health products and clothes, but expect Whole Foods to revamp spaces into lifestyle destinations that do things such as sell books and offer wellness courses. Over the next several years, Whole Foods’ cafeteria-like spaces might start to look more like lounges, which is how Starbucks is already planning to reinvent its business.

Whole Foods Market
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Whole Foods will offer more customization for buyers, based on their “customer profiles.” Just like Amazon has become adept at recommending products and giving promotional discounts based on consumers’ past purchases, Whole Foods will likely adopt the same marketing strategy for its customers by creating profiles that will involve things such as rewards/member club points that may or may not be tied to Amazon purchases.

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