Whole Foods lowers prices following Amazon acquisition

Amazon on Monday made good on its promise to lower prices on a number of items at Whole Foods following its acquisition on the national grocery chain.

At the Whole Foods in West Palm Beach signs advertised new low prices on a number of staples including organic bananas, pasta sauce, eggs and milk.

New lower prices at the Whole Foods in West Palm Beach.

Orange signs with the heading “New Lower Price — Whole Foods + Amazon” were posted throughout the store located at the Palm Beach Outlets on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard.

Among the saving: Organic Pasta Sauce, $2.79, down from $2.99; a half-gallon of organic whole milk, $3.49 down from $3.99; and tomatoes, $1.99 a pound, down from $2.49.

“We’re determined to make healthy and organic food affordable for everyone,” Jeff Wilke, CEO of Amazon Worldwide Consumer, said in a statement released last week. “Everybody should be able to eat Whole Foods Market quality – we will lower prices without compromising Whole Foods Market’s long-held commitment to the highest standards.”

Amazon completed its acquisition of Whole Foods on Monday. In addition to lower prices, the company has said it plans to offer “special savings and in-store benefits” to its Prime members.

 

 

Halloween 5K, trick-or-treating events planned at PB Outlets

Palm Beach Outlets will host two Halloween-themed events this weekend, including mall-wide trick or treating and a 5K run to benefit a local nonprofit.

103004-Stuart-Emily Bodenheimer, 2, checks out her candy load while she and her sisters "Trick or Treat"  the merchants of downtown Stuart after the 6th annual Hobgoblin Parade on Osceola Street Saturday. Children, lead by the Stuart Fire Department, paraded through downtown Stuart in their Halloween costumes. Meghan McCarthy/Staff Photographer
103004-Stuart-Emily Bodenheimer, 2, checks out her candy load while she and her sisters “Trick or Treat” the merchants of downtown Stuart after the 6th annual Hobgoblin Parade on Osceola Street Saturday. Children, lead by the Stuart Fire Department, paraded through downtown Stuart in their Halloween costumes. Meghan McCarthy/Staff Photographer

Here are the details:

5K and mall-wide trick-or-treating

Who: Palm Beach Outlets and Quantum House

What: Inaugural Phantom 5K, Monster Mile and Devil Dash benefiting Quantum House along with a Costume Contest and Treats

When: Sat., Oct. 29 – Registration opens at 6 a.m. Phantom 5K – 7:30 a.m., Monster Mile – 8:45 a.m., Kids Devil Dash – 9 a.m., Awards Ceremony – 9 a.m., Costume Contest – 9:30a.m. Stores open at 10 a.m.

Where: Palm Beach Outlets, 1751 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, West Palm Beach

Description: In addition to the Phantom 5K, Monster Mile and Devil Dash, kids can take part in a costume contest and mall-wide trick-or-treating with participating stores. For more information and to register for any of the races, log onto register.racepartner.com/PhantomRun. Proceeds benefit Quantum House, a caring and supportive home that lessens the burden for families whose children are receiving treatment in Palm Beach County for a serious medical condition.

“Trunk or Treat” Auto Event and Costume Party

Who: Palm Beach Outlets and Art of Speed Auto Events

What: “Trunk or Treat” Auto Event and Costume Party, the theme of this month’s Cars & Coffee Palm Beach event. This monthly gathering of South Florida’s finest automobiles will feature super heroes and super cars and is expected to attract auto enthusiasts from south and central Florida to viewa massive diversity of exotic, custom and classic vehicles. All makes and models are welcome to attend this family-friendly event. Cost is $5 per vehicle to display in the show field and free to spectators. Hot coffee and breakfast items will be available for purchase.

When: 9 a.m. to noon, Sun., Oct. 30

Where: In the northwest and north lot of Palm Beach Outlets, 1751 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, West Palm Beach

Description: Everyone is invited to dress for a fun day of Halloween. Only children 15 years or younger can wear a mask. Participants may choose to offer “store bought” candy from their cars for trick-or-treating kids. No homemade candy is allowed.

PBC tourism leaders team up to court out-of-town divers

Palm Beach County tourism leaders are teaming up to lure out-of-town divers to the area’s coastal waters.

Cheryl Miller working underwater at a coral nursery. She has helped establish a coral nursery offshore from Palm Beach.
Cheryl Miller working underwater at a coral nursery. She has helped establish a coral nursery offshore from Palm Beach.

Scuba Nation, a television show about recreational scuba diving that airs on Fox Sports Sun, is set to shoot an episode in Palm Beach County next year.

The weekly show reaches roughly 6 million households, and each episode is viewed by about 200,000 dive enthusiasts.

Tourism leaders, hoping to capitalize on the international exposure generated by the show, plan to launch an annual underwater photography contest.

The contest, which would be promoted on Scuba Nation, would be used to draw out-of-town divers to the area, officials said.

Convention center hotel receives award from Hilton

Hilton West Palm Beach — the long-awaited hotel that opened earlier this year next to Palm Beach County’s convention center — has received an award from the national hotel brand for its marketing campaign.

A view of the Palm Deck at the grand opening of the Hilton hotel that is connected to the Palm Beach County Convention Center was held in West Palm Beach, Florida on January 29, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
A view of the Palm Deck at the grand opening of the Hilton hotel that is connected to the Palm Beach County Convention Center was held in West Palm Beach, Florida on January 29, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

The 400-room hotel received a 2015 Hilton Hotels & Resorts Brand Award for the Best Launch Marketing Campaign.

This annual recognition celebrates the accomplishments by Hilton hotels and individuals around the world.

“We are extremely honored to receive this award,” said John Parkinson, general manager, Hilton West Palm Beach. “It’s a true testament to the team and culture that we have built in a short amount of time and this award truly embodies the spirit of our property. This is just a preview for what is to come.”

The convention center may also play host to a Hillary Clinton primary party Tuesday night, with the Democratic candidate’s team saying she’ll be watching the vote at the venue.

Hilton West Palm Beach welcomed its first guests in January, marking the end of a decade long effort to build a hotel within walking distance of the convention center’s banquet halls and meeting rooms.

Cultural Council wants to market to Chinese tourists

The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County will hold a meeting today with local arts groups and hospitality companies in an effort to boost the number of tourists who travel here from China.

Cultural Council of Palm Beach County
Cultural Council of Palm Beach County

The non-profit organization plans to meet with marketing officials from a host of the county’s cultural and arts organization as part of an hour-long seminar detailing how the region can take “full advantage of the authentic cultural experiences.”

Jia Zhu, a strategic information analyst at Florida International University’s Institute for Hospitality and Tourism Education and Research, is expected to address the group.

Although China is not one of the county’s top tourism markets, council officials said the country is poised to become one of the fasted growing segments of the travel industry.

More than 2 million Chinese tourists are expected to visit the U.S. this year, the council said in an email announcing the seminar.

Chinese tourists spend 21 percent more than other foreign travelers, the council said.