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Key Lime Pie Oreos Found In U.S. Stores, May Be Returning

It appears that Nabisco has re-released a limited-edition batch of Key Lime Pie Oreos across the United States without telling anyone. Over the past couple of weeks, a few pictures of the products back in stores have popped up on Instagram, and both ImpulsiveBuy and JunkBanter are reporting that the Oreos are back on shelves for the summer.

For those of you that missed out on them during their initial 2015 release, the Oreos feature a graham cracker cookie encasing a neon-green creme that’s got a pretty strong lime flavor, making the whole Oreo taste reminiscent of the iconic dessert.

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So far, we’ve seen reports of the Key Lime Pie Oreos popping up at Winn-Dixie, Walmart, Stop n Shop, and a few local grocery stores across the country, so be sure to check and see if you find them at your stores.

In the meantime, we have reached out to Nabisco and Oreo to see if we can confirm details on exactly where and for how long the cookies are gonna be available, so stay tuned here for updates. Feel free to let us know if you spot the Key Lime Pie Oreos on shelves as well!

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Your Can Of ‘San Marzano Tomatoes’ Is Probably Fake

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If you’ve bought a can of San Marzano tomatoes recently from a grocery store, there’s a good chance that the tomatoes you bought aren’t the real deal.

San Marzanos are basically the only recognized name in canned tomato products, and are highly valued for their quality and flavor. In fact, Taste reports that authentic Napoletana pizza must use San Marzanos to be considered legit, and that the cans even require a special “DOP” label to be sold as San Marzano tomatoes in Italy. That label means that the tomatoes have met all of the growing and processing criteria necessary to be called a San Marzano (which includes being grown in the volcanic soils of Mt. Vesuvius, for example).

Unfortunately, those same labeling regulations do not apply in the United States. Anybody can slap a DOP label onto a can of tomatoes to make it look like they’re San Marzano, and many companies do that to throw customers off and deceitfully elevate their selling prices. One importing company has been told by the president of the San Marzano labeling consortium in Italy that about 95% of the products called “San Marzano” tomatoes in the United States are actually knock-offs. That percentage is a low-ball estimate, as well, meaning an even higher percentage of San Marzano tomato products on U.S. shelves could be fakes.

Fortunately, there are ways to spot a fake San Marzano can out there. San Marzanos can only be sold as whole or filleted, peeled, and canned to be certified. Crushed or diced tomatoes are not legitimate certified products. You should also be on the lookout for a DOP seal and a seal from the labeling consortium, along with a certification number. Finally, true San Marzano tomatoes don’t even have the name “San” on the label, and are instead labeled as “Pomodoro S. Marzano dell’Agro Sarnese-Nocerino.” Sounds like a mouthful, but it’s a great way to differentiate from the industrial giants that use the name to throw consumers off.

If you really want to use the high-quality San Marzano tomatoes when cooking, follow those guidelines, and you should be good to go.

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Your Whole Foods Bill May Soon Be Way Cheaper Thanks To Amazon

Amazon shook up the industry last week by acquiring the ever popular Whole Foods Market for $14 billion.

As people wonder what changes Amazon will make to the store, it is being reported that we might see a drop in prices under the new ownership, at the expense of employees.

Customers know that the bill can get pretty high on an average trip to Whole Foods, but according to Bloomberg, the market plans to “reduce headcount and change inventory to lower prices.”

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In doing so, you might not see too many of your friendly cashiers at your local Whole Foods, as they could soon be replaced by automated check-out technology.

Self checkouts aren’t new, but Amazon has the potential to take it to the next level, to the point where you can literally just walk out with your groceries, no lines necessary.

In 2016, Amazon introduced a cashier-less grocery store in Seattle, with “Just Walk Out technology.” That means your phone syncs to the store, detects what you pull off the shelf and charges you on the way out the door.

It sounds crazy, but Amazon now has physical vessels to carry out its plans on.

Amazon has been tight-lipped about its plans with Whole Foods thus far, but don’t be surprised if employees start getting the axe, in exchange for high-tech shopping experiences.

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Amazon Essentially Gets Whole Foods For Free And Causes Other Grocers Stock Prices to Plummet Into Oblivion

Earlier this morning, Amazon shook the shit out of the grocery realm by buying Whole Foods Market for approximately $14.7 billion.  This power move has consequentially caused the stock prices of rival grocery chains to absolutely plummet.

As of 4:00 PM EST, Amazon and Whole Foods stock prices have risen to 987.71 [+23.54(2.44%) ] and 42.68 [+9.62(29.10%)] respectively. By the time the trading floor closed today, each of Amazon’s 478 million shares worth $987.71 boosted their market cap to $15.6 billion, essentially getting Whole Foods for free, and still profiting a little under $2 billion.

In layman’s terms, business is booming.  Their competitors? Not so much.

The other grocery store chains depleted numbers are as follows:

Kroger—22.29[-2.27(9.24%)]
Target—52.61[-2.85(5.14%)]
Walmart—75.24[-3.67(4.65%)]
Costco—167.11[-12.95(7.19%)]
Smart & Final—9.10[-2.10(18.75%)]

While Target and Walmart took a smaller hit than the others, the substantial shift in the grocery industry may only be the beginning of major changes in the near future. We can only speculate that Amazon is trying to bullet train their Amazon Go concept into more cities at a quicker rate as another cog in their master plan for total domination.

Amazon has already began to simplify the shopping process over their webstore with the “Dash Buttons” feature, or by using “Alexa” enabled voice recognition products.  Sooner or later, we might see Amazon create an absolute stronghold within the brick and mortar grocery industry by implementing the “no checkout lanes necessary” innovation, or it will force others to adapt to try and compete; weeding out the ones that don’t respond.

At the end of the day, the future of groceries looks to be taking a step in the right direction, and Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods can be a solid blueprint of success for other companies to follow.

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Amazon Says It Will Buy Whole Foods For $13.7 Billion

“Amazon did not just buy Whole Foods grocery stores,” claims Dennis K. Berman of the Wall Street Journal. “It bought 431 upper-income, prime-location distribution nodes for everything it does.”

In an announcement made just moments ago, Amazon will acquire Whole Foods for $42 per share, all-cash, at a value of approximately $13.7 billion. Damn, Amazon must have really wanted a self-serve Mochi Bar and Produce Butchers in their portfolio of companies!

In 2016 alone, Whole Foods had sales of $16 billion across its more than 460 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The deal on the surface seems valuable for stakeholders in both companies. Whole Foods has major shareholders that were rumored to want a sale, and Amazon is doggedly going after the grocery business while ironically investing into brick and mortar facilities.

The buy marks Amazon’s largest acquisition to-date. Earlier this week rumors were swelling that Amazon had its sights on acquiring messaging technology company Slack, turns out it was Whole Foods that would be the first in the e-commerce giant’s mouth.

“Millions of people love Whole Foods Market because they offer the best natural and organic foods, and they make it fun to eat healthy,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO. “Whole Foods Market has been satisfying, delighting and nourishing customers for nearly four decades – they’re doing an amazing job and we want that to continue.”

In Amazon’s release, customers are assured that Whole Foods Market will continue operating under the same name and continue their business of sourcing trusted vendors and partners around the world.