Amazon delivers Whole Foods products in select US cities

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Online retail giant Amazon has begun selling Whole Foods products for delivery. 

The grocery store chain, now owned by Amazon, will deliver its products via Amazon’s Prime Now Service, which delivers products in under two hours.

At the moment, the service is only available in certain neighbourhoods in Austin, Cincinnati, Dallas and Virginia Beach – but the company will add more cities to its roster throughout the year.

The new Whole Foods Prime Now service will allow Prime Now customers to order fresh produce, meat, seafood and other food via a free two-hour delivery service.

The total value of your order must be worth £25 ($35) or more, Amazon said. 

If two hours is too long a wait, customer can pay £6 ($8) to receive their groceries in under one hour, with orders of a £25 ($35) value or more. 

Whole Foods deliveries are currently available from 8am to 10pm, and Amazon claims that customers will be able to shop for ‘thousands’ of items.

These include products across fresh and organic produce, bakery, dairy, meat and seafood, floral and everyday staples. 

According to the retail company, select alcohol products will also be available for delivery.

To check if Amazon is delivering Whole Foods groceries in your neighbourhood, visit the Prime Now website or download the Prime Now app to check your Zip code.

‘We’re happy to bring our customers the convenience of free two-hour delivery through Prime Now and access to thousands of natural and organic groceries and locally sourced favorites,’ said John Mackey, Whole Foods Market co-founder and CEO, in a statement. 

‘Together, we have already lowered prices on many items, and this offering makes Prime customers’ lives even easier.’

The new announcement follows Amazon’s recent acquisition of Whole Foods in August 2017. 

The £9.9 billion ($13.7 billion) acquisition acquisition, announced in June, saw Whole Foods cut its grocery prices and integrate the chain into its retail empire. 

Amazon lowered prices at Whole Foods on a range of kitchen staples, including ground beef, rotisserie chicken and avocados.  

Before the deal, the chain was under intense pressure from shareholders to improve its financial results and figure out how to stop customers from going to lower-priced supermarkets to buy natural foods.

 

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