Prices dropping at Whole Foods Market after Amazon merger

Amazon announced Thursday that prices will be dropping at Whole Foods stores.
Amazon announced Thursday that prices will be dropping at Whole Foods stores.

SEATTLE – Amazon announced Thursday that price cuts will be coming to Whole Foods Market stores.

Amazon will close Monday on Whole Foods after the online retailer announced in June that it would be purchasing the food retailer.

The first change under Amazon will be an initial decrease on many products at Whole Foods stores, Amazon said. The company said additional price drops will come later.

It was also announced that in the future, Amazon Prime will be a rewards program for Whole Foods customers, and Prime members will receive special savings and benefits in-store.

Additionally, Whole Foods’ private-label products will be available through Amazon, and customers will be able to have items shipped from the website to select Markets.

“We’re determined to make healthy and organic food affordable for everyone. Everybody should be able to eat Whole Foods Market quality – we will lower prices without compromising Whole Foods Market’s long-held commitment to the highest standards,” said Jeff Wilke, CEO of Amazon Worldwide Consumer.

Amazon said some of the products in Monday’s price decrease includes Whole Trade bananas, organic avocados, organic large brown eggs, organic responsibly farmed salmon and tilapia, organic baby kale and baby lettuce, animal-welfare-rated 85 percent lean ground beef, creamy and crunchy almond butter, organic Gala and Fuji apples, organic rotisserie chicken and 365 Everyday Value organic butter.

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