whole foods

  • Is Whole Foods a healthy option for Amazon? Crunch Network

    Is Whole Foods a healthy option for Amazon?

    Over the past few years we’ve seen Amazon testing new ways of getting groceries in consumers fridges, with Amazon Fresh, Amazon Fresh Pickup, drone delivery, and Amazon Go. As I look back with this acquisition, I can’t help to think, “Were they just preparing for this the whole time or did they realize they couldn’t do it alone?” Read More

  • Crunch Report | Amazon Bids to Buy Whole Foods for $13.7 Billion

    Amazon bids to buy Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, Walmart buys Bonobos for $310 million, Mobike, a ride-sharing company in China, raises $600 million. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

  • M&A
    An Equity podcast shot: Unpacking the Amazon-Whole Foods deal

    An Equity podcast shot: Unpacking the Amazon-Whole Foods deal

    We’ve got an Equity Shot for you, an irregular extra hit from the Equity podcast crew. Today the big news is the potential Amazon-Whole Foods deal, which has led to rampant media speculation, depressed grocery stocks around the nation and allegations of intelligent corporate strategy. It’s the sort of day that forces you to sit back and re-cast your views of the technology world. Read More

  • Winners and losers in Amazon’s $13.7B purchase of Whole Foods

    Winners and losers in Amazon’s $13.7B purchase of Whole Foods

    Amazon is taking a huge bite out of the fresh food business with its bid for Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion. But even though this is a deal between two companies, it’s not just the two of them being touched by it. The intersection between the food and tech industries has been playing out for years now, sprouting dozens of food startups; efforts from large tech companies to move… Read More

  • Here are all of Amazon’s acquisitions before Whole Foods

    Here are all of Amazon’s acquisitions before Whole Foods

    Amazon today said it would make a bid to acquire Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, making it the largest acquisition for the company by far. The next-closest acquisition in price is $1.2 billion for Zappos, which happened all the way back in 2009. Since then it’s made a few big-ticket purchases like Twitch (around $1 billion) and Kiva Systems (a bunch of robots for around $775 million)… Read More

  • How to make $300M in two months betting on groceries

    How to make $300M in two months betting on groceries

    Today, Amazon made a bid to buy Whole Foods — a grocery chain — for $13.7 billion. That promptly sent the stock up around 30%. And it also looks pretty good considering its history in the past year, in which its continuing major bump came as an activist investor went after the company in April. That investor, Jana Partners, has around an 8% stake in Whole Foods, which will turn out… Read More

  • M&A
    14 wildly hot takes we need on this Whole Foods + Amazon thing

    14 wildly hot takes we need on this Whole Foods + Amazon thing

    Amazon just bought Whole Foods for $13.7 billion — which is a huge deal! This is one of the biggest deals of the year and is a big move for Amazon into grocery, a spot where it’s traditionally been extremely bad. It also means that Amazon is going to be a huge competitor with other retailers, starting the foodpocalpyse and sending other grocery stocks crashing. It’s probably… Read More

  • Amazon wants to become Walmart before Walmart can become Amazon

    Amazon wants to become Walmart before Walmart can become Amazon

    The future of retail will be a combination of both online e-commerce and a brick-and-mortar retail presence – as recent moves from both Walmart and Amazon have shown, including today’s back-to-back announcements from the two rivals, which sees Amazon buying a chain of popular grocery stores with a Whole Foods deal for $13.7 billion, and Walmart picking up yet another online… Read More

  • Other grocery stocks plummet as Amazon buys Whole Foods for $13.7B

    Other grocery stocks plummet as Amazon buys Whole Foods for $13.7B

    Amazon scared investors away from competing grocery stores today when it acquired Whole Foods for $13.7 billion. Wal-Mart, Target, Costco, Kroger, and more all saw their share prices sink dramatically. Amazon’s ecommerce empire, sophisticated trucking distribution network, advanced technology, and deep pockets could all help Whole Foods run circles around its old-fashioned rivals. As… Read More

  • Amazon is gobbling Whole Foods for $13.7 billion

    Amazon is gobbling Whole Foods for $13.7 billion

    Amazon has made a bid to buy Whole Foods in what would be a whopping $13.7 billion deal. The all-cash acquisition (which includes Whole Foods Market’s net debt), will radically shake up any number of businesses and completely changes the online retail and bricks and mortar landscape. Read More

  • Food startup Salted is bringing its meal kits to Whole Foods

    Food startup Salted is bringing its meal kits to Whole Foods

    Salted has ditched the traditional direct-to-consumer model for meal kits and is instead teaming up with Whole Foods and other grocers to sell meal kits inside physical grocery stores. Starting today, shoppers in the Los Angeles area can pop into Whole Foods stores in Venice, West Hollywood, Downtown LA and Playa Vista to pick up a Salted meal kit. Read More

  • Thrive Market thinks it can be an affordable online Whole Foods

      TechCrunch recently took a trip down to Los Angeles for our meetup and to check in on the growing startup scene there. One of the fast-growing businesses that’s been on our radar is Thrive Market. The online Costco-meets-Whole Foods recently raised $111 million from venture firms like Greycroft and celebrities like Demi Moore and John Legend to grow their organic foods business. We… Read More

  • Thrive Market raises $111 million for its online organic grocery store

    Thrive Market raises $111 million for its online organic grocery store

    Buy organic groceries online, at an affordable price. That’s the mantra of Los Angeles-based Thrive Market, which has raised a significant $111 million Series B funding round, led by Invus. Thrive, which competes with similar online grocery services like Vitacost, believes there is a significant market opportunity to make natural foods more accessible to consumers and they’ve… Read More

  • Instacart and Whole Foods confirm expanded relationship, plans for expansion

    Instacart and Whole Foods confirm expanded relationship, plans for expansion

    Whole Foods and Instacart this morning confirmed the grocery chain’s extended, strategic relationship with same-day delivery service and announced plans to expand into several new markets over the course of the year. News of Whole Foods’ financial investment and deepened partnership with Instacart was previously leaked back in February. The report also noted that the new… Read More