Amazon officially owns Whole Foods and is slashing prices by as much as 43 percent

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At Whole Foods, it’s Day One — of Amazon ownership.

The e-commerce giant celebrated the close of its Whole Foods acquisition with an Amazon Echo display inside the high-end grocery stores and price cuts on produce of as much as 43 percent.

Inside the Whole Foods in Paramus, N.J., a display of Amazon Echo and Echo Dot speakers greeted shoppers as they entered the store. The Echos were flanked by signs that touted “Whole Foods + Amazon” with a “Farm Fresh!” tagline that would make the creators of HBO’s “Silicon Valley” proud.

Last week, Amazon said it would cut the prices of some Whole Foods best-sellers and those discounts were on display on Monday. Amazon reduced the price of Organic Fuji Apples by 43 percent — from $3.49 a pound to $1.99.

A discount sign for apples inside Whole Foods stores on the first day of Amazon ownership.Jason Del Rey/Recode
Whole Foods apple prices drop on the first day of Amazon ownership

Prices of Organic Gala Apples fell 33 percent to $1.99 a pound while non-GMO large eggs were on sale for $2.99, down from $3.49. Discounts on rotisseries chickens — which weren’t yet on display at 8 am ET — ranged from 11 percent to 29 percent.

The pricing strategy of discounting best-sellers is not new to Amazon. The company has been known to price most aggressively on popular items, so it builds a reputation of having the lowest prices. This allows it to make margin on long-tail items if it so chooses.

It’ll be interesting to watch how much of the price reductions Amazon absorbs versus passing on to suppliers.

Whole Foods rotisserie chicken sale on Day One of Amazon ownershipJason Del Rey/Recode
Whole Foods rotisserie chicken sale on Day One of Amazon ownership

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