Every Regular Grocery Store Is Already A Downmarket Whole Foods

Every Regular Grocery Store Is Already A Downmarket Whole Foods

The idea of a lower-priced version of Whole Foods aimed at younger consumers is intriguing, but there’s already a hugely popular downmarket alternative to Whole Foods for people seeking natural and organic groceries. It’s called Walmart. [More]

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Whole Foods Planning Lower-Cost Chain Aimed At — You Guessed It — Millennials

The magic “M” word is making changes in the consumer world yet again: This time that all-consuming desire to reach millennials that we’ve seen everywhere from fast food to department stores has struck Whole Foods, prompting the company to announce a lower-cost chain designed especially to lure in the younger set. [More]

Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream will reopen scoop shops by Memorial Day weekend.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Recalls All Products, Closes Scoop Shops Over Possible Listeria Contamination

For the second time this week, an ice cream maker has issued a voluntary recall of all products for fear they may be contaminated with listeria bacteria. While the first recall centered on major manufacturer Blue Bell Creameries, the most recent belongs to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, which sells desserts at its own boutique stores and retail stores such as Whole Foods. [More]

February Food And Supplement Recall Roundup: Curse Of The Contaminated Cumin

February Food And Supplement Recall Roundup: Curse Of The Contaminated Cumin

In this month’s Recall Roundup for food and supplements, some cumin became contaminated with peanut protein, then spread its potentially deadly payload everywhere from ethnic markets to the hot bar at Whole Foods. Pet food marketed for raw feeding of dogs and cats contains bacteria that can harm humans and pets alike. Oh, and there was some more undeclared knockoff Viagra masquerading as a “bee pollen” dietary supplement. [More]

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Whole Foods, Instacart Take On Florists With Valentine’s Flower Deliveries

There could be a new war of the roses brewing this Valentine’s Day. Whole Foods Market and its app-based delivery partner Instacart announced this week that they will challenge traditional florists– and the often-disappointing telefloral industrial complex —  with special Valentine’s Day flower deliveries. [More]

This is what the label looks like for the recalled nuts.

Whole Foods Recalls Macadamia Nuts In 6 States For Possible Salmonella Contamination

Hey you — Did you buy raw macadamia nuts from Whole Foods? Did you buy them in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, or Tennessee? If so, then you might want to check the label to see if they belong to the batch of nuts being recalled for potential Salmonella contamination. [More]

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N.J. Wegmans, Whole Foods Customers Sue Over Claims Of “Store-Baked” Goods

How fresh is fresh? That’s the question at hand in a lawsuit brought by a group of Wegmans customers in New Jersey who say that just because the store’s rolls are technically put in an oven on the premises, that doesn’t mean they’re “store-baked.” The same group is going after Whole Foods in the lawsuit for similar reasons. [More]

December Food And Supplement Recall Roundup – Diet Drugs Are Not Bee Pollen

December Food And Supplement Recall Roundup – Diet Drugs Are Not Bee Pollen

In our December recall roundup, bodybuilding supplements contain steroids, caramel-filled chocolate bites have peanut butter in them, and fungus-contaminated probiotic powder had a horrible, tragic result. Also, maybe people should reconsider this whole thing where we buy commercial bean sprouts. [More]

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Police Bust Man For Swiping Shoppers’ Wallets From Strollers At Whole Foods

It’s not exactly taking candy from a baby, but plundering strollers to make off with parents’ wallets is still pretty darn low. Police had been on the lookout for a 60-year-old suspect caught on surveillance cameras in Whole Foods stores in New York City reaching into strollers and snatching wallets, and now they say they’ve found their man. [More]

Whole Foods Introduces Produce Ranking System Based On Suppliers’ Farming Tactics

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How do the fruits and vegetables you buy stack up against other produce? Are those flowers really the best you can get? Whole Foods is trying to answer some of those questions for customers with its new “responsibly grown” labeling system that ranks produce and plants at its stores, based on how suppliers farm those products. [More]

Is Whole Foods Still Overcharging California Customers?

At $.71 each for just the container, Whole Foods made $4.26 (not including the accidental empty), and he was charged sales tax on all but two of these.

Only a few months ago, Whole Foods agreed to pay $800,000 to close a one-year probe by prosecutors in three different Southern California cities into allegations that the pricey supermarket was overcharging customers even more by, among other things, failing to deduct the weight of containers when ringing up charges for self-serve foods. Whole Foods promised to stop the practice and right its wrongs, but one Consumerist reader believes the company isn’t doing what it’s supposed to. [More]

Different Brands Of O-Shaped, Oat-Based Cereals Don’t Taste Alike

Different Brands Of O-Shaped, Oat-Based Cereals Don’t Taste Alike

Are all oat-based, O-shaped cereals basically the same? Sure, they look pretty interchangeable, and their nutritional profiles are all basically the same. That doesn’t mean that they taste exactly alike, though, and our colleagues on Consumer Reports’ sensory panel recently turned their taste buds to Cheerios and its imitators. [More]

Whole Foods Launches Delivery, In-Store Pick-Up So You’ll Never Go Without Gluten-Free Cupcakes Again

Whole Foods Launches Delivery, In-Store Pick-Up So You’ll Never Go Without Gluten-Free Cupcakes Again

Making a quick run to the local Whole Foods Market can easily turn into a day-long affair: driving to the store, finding parking, maneuvering your way through fellow shoppers, spending an hour browsing the aisles and then waiting to check out. Apparently it doesn’t have to be that way now that the grocer launched delivery and in-store pickup service – all but taking the experience out of shopping at the upscale supermarket. [More]

Whole Foods Pulls Yogurt With Bogus Nutrition Info From Stores

Whole Foods Pulls Yogurt With Bogus Nutrition Info From Stores

Food companies put nutrition information on the labels of their products, and we consumers assume that information is, you know, true. Maybe naively so. When tests by our calorie-crunching colleagues down the hall at Consumer Reports showed that there was more sugar in Whole Foods’ plain Greek yogurt than the label claimed, the grocery chain pulled the product from shelves. [More]

Organic Peanut And Almond Butters Recalled For Possible Salmonella

Organic Peanut And Almond Butters Recalled For Possible Salmonella

It’s time to head to the pantry and check your jars of almond and peanut butters. Products sold under the brands of Arrowhead Farms and Maranatha, and private-label products sold in Kroger, Safeway, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods stores may be contaminated with salmonella, and consumers should dispose of them and seek a refund or replacement. [More]

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Furry Friends Or Food? Whole Foods Starts Selling Rabbit Meat Amidst Protests

Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail… Or is it, here comes lunch, yum, rabbit meat? That’s at the center of a controversy between people who think rabbits should remain our furry friends and not our food, and the move by Whole Foods to start selling rabbit meat at selected stores. [More]

Whole Foods Recalls Dozens Of Products Containing Potentially Listeria-Ridden Fruit

Whole Foods Recalls Dozens Of Products Containing Potentially Listeria-Ridden Fruit

Fruit from California’s Wawona Packing Company tested positive for Listeria contamination, and now consumers get to look on in horror as we learn how widely that fruit was distributed. Items like fruit tarts and mango-peach salsa made in-store at Whole Foods using the affected fruit were sold between June 1 and July 21, 2014. [More]

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Whole Foods Busted For Overcharging Customers In California

Shopping at Whole Foods can be enough of a drain on your bank account (that’s why they call it Whole Paycheck, right? Right?), so it doesn’t help if the upscale supermarket chain is also involved in some questionable practices that had customers in California paying more than they should have. Today, the company agreed to pay $800,000 to settle a statewide investigation into allegations of overcharging. [More]