No marketing tricks here: Whole Foods wants to sell consumers “ugly” produce at a reduced cost.
Plenty of consumers pay attention to wasted and uneaten food. Although much of it is perfectly safe to eat, some of it isn’t picture perfect. In April, Whole Foods will pilot a program in Northern California that offers those bendy carrots, oblong apples and grotesque gourds on the cheap.
This might come as a shock to customers that don’t hear “cheap” too commonly associated with Whole Foods.
The grocery organization is working with Imperfect Produce to test sales and see whether they’re willing to take a chance on forgotten fruits. Whole Foods already uses “ugly” fruit and veggies for its juice and smoothie bars.
"We can't think of a better partner to launch this with," Imperfect’s Ben Simon told NPR. "The ugly produce trend has taken off across the world, and our fingers are crossed that U.S. consumers will be just as excited.
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NPR reports that the grocery chain, Giant Eagle, will sell bags of blemished oranges for $2.99 each, while a bag of perfectly-shaped oranges goes for a whopping $4.99.
What do you think, PR Daily readers? Will Whole Foods’ discerning clientele take to the idea of imperfect fruit in their baskets?