By Michael Marinangeli
Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods Market marks a historic and disruptive event in the grocery industry. Many say it will spawn the exponential growth of e-commerce in the grocery channel as well as a more rapid expansion of organics, natural foods and higher-end retail concepts with technological efficiencies and logistics. Based on history, mergers and acquisitions of this magnitude often set off a series of events that amplify the impact.
In Canada, over the past two decades, we have experienced several major transactions that have influenced and shaped the grocery landscape.