Whole Foods Slashes Prices After Sale to Amazon

Amazon completed its multi-billion dollar acquisition of Whole Foods Market. As a first order of business, the online behemoth slashed prices across the board.

For example, organic avocados are down from $2.79 a pound to $1.99, a 29 percent discount. Atlantic-farmed salmon is down 33% to $7.99 per pound. Organic Fuji apples are down 43% to $1.99 a pound.

For years, Whole Foods was considered the rich people’s supermarket, with high quality products, but at outrageous prices. Often known as “Whole Paycheck”, the chain has been a trailblazer in organic, sustainable, ethical, and ethnic foods and beverages. The chain has helped educate the public and in doing so, carved itself a niche of loyal customers willing to spend more for healthier fare.

Amazon’s logistics, paired with Whole Foods’ food expertise sounds like a winning combination – healthy foods at low costs. However, economies of scale are often at odds with organic and sustainable practices. Think of grass-fed beef vs factory farmed beef. Will Amazon-Whole-Foods find the winning formula?

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