Grocery News

Amazon Prime Members Are Suing Amazon for Removing Free Whole Foods Delivery

Photo: Robert Couse-Baker

Remember when all the fast food restaurants started charging for their sauces? It felt like the world was on fire and nothing made sense anymore! I got way less BBQ and Sweet n’ Sour sauces that year due to the massive hurt and deception. Whole Foods shoppers are experiencing a similar hurt all over again now that their free deliveries have come to an end, too.

For those unaware, if you had an Amazon Prime membership, among many of the perks was free delivery from Whole Foods. Delivery fees add up and having that cost not included in your overall grocery total does get noticed. Now delivery has changed from $Free.99 to $9.95 per order!

So what’s the big deal? Well, Prime members apparently just didn’t know. On Tuesday June 7th, a California Prime member proposed a class action lawsuit suggesting Amazon misleads customers into thinking this perk is still included in the service. This wasn’t the first report of a lawsuit either, with another being filed not even two weeks before it.

“In addition to Amazon’s false representations that Prime members will receive ‘FREE Delivery’ and ‘FREE 2-Hour Grocery Delivery,’ Amazon engages in a bait-and-switch advertising scheme by not disclosing the $9.95 service fee along with the advertised price of the Whole Foods grocery items,” the court filing states.

“Amazon’s practice of initially advertising only part of a price and then later revealing the service fee as the consumer completes the buying process has been labeled ‘drip pricing’ by the Federal Trade Commission (‘FTC’). Amazon uses drip pricing to bamboozle consumers using the tried and true classic, and unlawful, bait advertising scheme.”

It’s not just about the free deliveries, it’s about larger corporations taking advantage of their consumers which needs to be stopped as soon as it starts.

Grocery Sweets What's New

Grey Poupon with Salted Pretzels and Honey Cornbread with Strawberry Jam Highlight Van Leeuwen’s Newest Flavors at Walmart

Summer’s right at our doorstep, so let the warm vibes in and serve it up some decadent and unique ice cream flavors from Van Leeuwen’s latest offerings exclusively sold at Walmart.

The exclusive lineup includes brand new flavors including Grey Poupon with Salted Pretzels, Campfire S’mores, Summer Peach Crisp, Honey Cornbread with Strawberry Jam and Espresso Fior di Latte Chip. Van Leeuwen’s exclusive pints will also refresh the previous seven flavors in rotation announced this past spring including fan-favorite flavors Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, Pizza, and Hot Honey. This will mark Grey Poupon’s first foray into ice cream.

Van Leeuwen’s five new flavors are available today in 3,500 Walmart locations for a 10-week rotation in all 50 states. 

Grocery Kitchen Gadgets Technology What's New

Ready to Have a Robotic Buddy Help You Shop for Groceries?

Between the surge in popularity of electric vehicles to robots serving burgers, it’s quite apparent we are now living in the future. Today our lives revolve so much around technology, with new norms being accepted at an accelerated rate. But are we ready to have a little robotic buddy following us around to help us with our shopping?

Enter Piaggio Fast Forward, a robotics company that “builds technology products that move the way people move,” and is now selling gita and gitamini, a “first-of-their-kind cargo-carrying robots.” According to the site, the robots follow you around and communicate through colored lights and lighting patterns. It’s like we’re finally living in a Pixar movie, friends, and I’m here for it.

If you check out the clip above, Chef Jordan Andino of Flip Sigi in New York City uses his gitamini out on a trip to the local farmer’s market. As we can see, the gitamini is convenient for carry and storage capabilities without having to fuss over multiple shopping bags and surely takes out the strain of lugging around groceries or any other cargo.

Piaggio Fast Forward indicates on their site that the gita is 40lb and has a capacity of 2630 in3 or approximately 10 days worth of groceries for one person. The gitamini clocks in at 20lb, with a capacity of 990 in3 or around 5 days worth of groceries for a single person.

As someone living in a walkable city, this comes in clutch and would surely take a load off my next shopping trip. But as any other downtown dweller knows, I have to ask — would the gita be able to avoid dog poop? I’m positive likeminded folks would love to know.

If you’re ready to step into the future with a robotic shopping companion check out more on Piaggio Fast Forward’s site.

Food Trends Fruits & Vegetables Grocery News

The USDA Predicts Food Costs to Soar By the End of the Year

According to the USDA, shoppers should brace for food costs to surge by the end of the year.

The United States Department of Agriculture unveiled its food price outlook for 2022, which provided a bleak outlook of soaring grocery prices, with consumers potentially spending up to 4% more on food.

Kitchen staples such as dairy are expected to balloon to a 5% increase, while cereals and baked goods are expected to rise by 4%. Poultry looks to have a more dramatic change as the USDA predicts a 7% uptick. Skyrocketing ingredient costs will ultimately affect restaurant prices, which are considered to inflate to 5.5% to 6.5%

Eating out is also expected to get more expensive. The USDA predicts restaurant prices will increase anywhere from 5.5 to 6.5% this year.

Grocery Packaged Food Snacks Sweets What's New

Brach’s Introduces ‘Taco’ Jelly Beans at Walgreens

When the cravings kick in, nothing beats a late night taco run. The satisfaction in crushing multiple street tacos past normal dinner hours is a feeling that’s hard to beat. Think of it as prime second dinner activities.

Brach’s is with that vibe, but since they’re a renowned candy company, taco jelly beans will be their latest contribution to the world. You read that right, the candy giant will be debuting a taco-themed jelly bean pack dubbed ‘Late Night Taco Truck’.

Within the pack you’ll find a medley of flavors that are within the realm of a late night taco adventure: Margarita, Churro, Salsa, Guacamole, Beef Taco and Horchata.

Brach’s Late Night Taco Truck Jelly Beans, are now available at Walgreens locations nationwide and are retailing for $4.29 a packet or two for $7.

Now watch me pop the Salsa, Guacamole, and Beef Taco jelly beans all at the same time, then chase it with the Margarita and Horchata flavors, and finish it off with a sweet flourish of Churro jelly beans.

Grocery Packaged Food Sweets

These Donut-Shaped Ice Cream Bars from ALDI are a Sweet Surprise

Winter has never really killed any craving I’ve had for ice cream. Maybe it’s because I live in perpetually 75 degree Los Angeles. Or maybe it’s because ice cream is that damn good. I’d like to think it’s the latter. Which is why I’m pretty hyped over these donut-shaped ice cream bars at ALDI.

The Sundae Shoppe’s Donut Dessert Bars are touted as flavored ice desserts and come in Vanilla & Chocolate and Strawberry flavors. They’re a select find for ALDI shoppers this month and really do add some charm from its unique donut shape.

These new Sundae Shoppe Donut Dessert Bars will be available at ALDI locations starting February 23 and will retail for $2.99 per box.

Celebrity Grub Culture Food Waste Grocery News

Rapper Gunna Finances a Free Grocery Story For His Old Middle School

Rapper Gunna, 28, is pushing P in the highest frequency by financing a free grocery store at his old middle school in Atlanta, Georgia.

Thanks to a partnership with Goodr, a nonprofit dedicated to ending food waste and hunger while also feeding communities through technology and logistics, Robert E. McNair Middle School was outfitted with its own store stocked with food, toiletries, school supplies, school uniforms, Gunna merch and even sneakers courtesy of Foot Locker. The best part is that it’s all free to the students there.

The store opened a few months ago in September fo 2021, with universal positive feedback.

To be quite frank, we really should be talking about wins like this more, where community support, positivity, and addressing food scarcity all get some shine. Salute to Gunna — now that’s P.

Grocery Packaged Food

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Chicken Spotted at Costco

Bacon-wrapped anything more often than not is a banger. A savory, salty robe of pork belly is usually the answer to plussing up any food, and applying it to chicken that’s stuffed with melty cheese is pretty much an ideal.

That’s why Costco customers are loving Real Good Foods’ Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Chicken. It comes in two varieties, Three Cheese and Pepper Jack, and could be a must for fans of this delicious trio combining as one formidable target for their cravings.

Real Good Foods’ Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Chicken is now available in the frozen foods section of participating Costco locations.