Last week, we told you guys that Whole Foods had been caught overcharging customers for prepackaged foods (think: nuts, berries, fruit, seafood) in their New York stores. And now, our friends over at BizPhilly have alerted us that co-CEOs Walter Robb and John Mackey have issued a video apology, ’fessing up to overcharging customers, though they say it was unintentional.
If Whole Foods wants to drop the “Whole Paycheck” stereotype, today’s news won’t help.
In the wake of a New York Department of Consumer Affairs investigation finding that the high-end grocery chain is overcharging customers for pre-packaged foods like nuts, berries and vegetables, the company’s co-CEOs issued an apology. Read more »
If Whole Foods is your happy place, prepare to have your day ruined right about now: The company was just busted by the New York Department of Consumer Affairs for overcharging customers for pre-packaged foods at stores all across the city of New York. So, all the haters who’ve been complaining for years that Whole Foods is a giant rip-off were kind of right.
If you stopped by La Colombe‘s flagship location in Fishtown this weekend, you were likely offered a sample of its latest creation: The draft latte — a coffee and milk combo poured from a keg that has a semi-sweet taste and a slight milkshake-like texture. The best part is that there’s no ice diluting the drink and screwing up the taste.
But that bit of frothy good news is just the beginning. The company plans to start producing cans of the draft latte to sell in stores across the country. CEO Todd Carmichael thinks it’s a product that can seriously disrupt a market dominated by Starbucks and its bottled Frappuccino. Read more »
Whole Foods in Organic Food Fight
The News: The farmers that supply Whole Foods have some serious issues with the supermarket chain’s new produce rating system. It ranks items as Unrated, Good, Better and Best but farmers argue that non-organic produce can get higher ratings than organic items. Read more »
• At Be Well Philly Boot Camp last week, Philly-based personal trainer Brian Maher explained that if you’re trying to slim down, weighing yourself every day won’t get you anywhere: Muscle is more dense than fat and numbers can be deceiving. Instead, he said, go off of how your clothes fit and how you feel. That same sentiment is echoed in this super-useful list of 17 trainers’ best advice for getting in shape. [BuzzFeed]
And the name of Whole Foods’ soon-to-come cheaper chain of grocery stores will be — drumroll, please — “365 by Whole Foods Market,” the Huffington Post reports. As all you Whole Foods junkies out there surely know, “365 Everyday Value” is the name of the company’s store-brand items, already sold in the stores, so you can see where the inspiration came from.
1. Whole Foods For All
The News: Long considered too expensive by many, Whole Foods revealed details about its highly anticipated, moderately priced grocery chain. It’ll be called 365 by Whole Foods Market. It’s named after the company’s cheaper in-store brand.
Why It Matters: The launch of a less expensive Whole Foods not only makes the brand more inclusive, but will surely take a bite out of traditional grocery stores like Acme and Giant. Read more »
The end of a supermarket era has arrived.
Before Whole Foods became a household name, before Wegmans became a force and before Giant stores sprouted up everywhere — Genuardi’s had a reputation for being the family-owned, veggie-focused option that healthy people turned to.
If Whole Foods is your happy place (yep, me too), but your bank account takes a beating every time you step foot inside, listen up: Today, the company announced they’ll be opening a new chain of lower-priced (read: won’t eat up your entire paycheck on a trip to the salad bar) stores aimed at Millennials, USA Today reports. If you just shed a few tears of joy, no need to be embarrassed: That’s a totally normal reaction. Read more »