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Wed Aug 5, 2015, 09:23 PM

 

Whole Foods says $6 asparagus water at California store was a mistake



On Tuesday a shopper snapped a photo of the curious beverage, posting it on Instagram along with the caption, "Somewhere in L.A., Whole Foods executives are laughing at all of us."
And then the jokes began to fly on Twitter...

The food site Eater reached out to Whole Foods and learned the spear-filled water was a mistake. The grocery chain's spokesperson Liz Burkhart released a statement explaining what happened:

We appreciate you bringing this to our attention. We looked into this right away and found that this item was being carried in just one of our stores in California. It was meant to be water with the essence of vegetables and/or mushrooms to be used as broth (similar to a bone broth), which are typically made over a long period of time soaking in water. The product was made incorrectly and has since been removed from the one store where it was carried.


http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Whole-Foods-pulls-6-asparagus-water-from-store-6426841.php

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Reply Whole Foods says $6 asparagus water at California store was a mistake (Original post)
Liberal_in_LA Aug 2015 OP
Scootaloo Aug 2015 #1
PeoViejo Aug 2015 #28
jberryhill Aug 2015 #2
Brother Buzz Aug 2015 #3
pinboy3niner Aug 2015 #7
Brother Buzz Aug 2015 #10
pinboy3niner Aug 2015 #12
Liberal_in_LA Aug 2015 #15
Liberal_in_LA Aug 2015 #13
Starry Messenger Aug 2015 #21
pinboy3niner Aug 2015 #23
Aerows Aug 2015 #26
WillowTree Aug 2015 #4
msanthrope Aug 2015 #5
Cal Carpenter Aug 2015 #29
Le Taz Hot Aug 2015 #6
Javaman Aug 2015 #9
Liberal_in_LA Aug 2015 #14
jberryhill Aug 2015 #18
hobbit709 Aug 2015 #8
HuckleB Aug 2015 #11
Nuclear Unicorn Aug 2015 #16
Cal Carpenter Aug 2015 #30
KamaAina Aug 2015 #17
KamaAina Aug 2015 #19
Rex Aug 2015 #20
snooper2 Aug 2015 #22
Liberal_in_LA Aug 2015 #24
NightWatcher Aug 2015 #25
PoliticAverse Aug 2015 #27

Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Aug 5, 2015, 09:25 PM

1. saw something similar at a store here

 

Bottles of "Probiotic tonic" with flavors like "sauerkraut" or "kimchee"

Basically? Someone had bottled juice from fermented cabbage and put a $5 label on each bottle.

I can't recall if it was gluten-free.

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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #1)

Thu Aug 6, 2015, 05:23 PM

28. I had some Kim Chee for Lunch

 

I tried to explain to my companion as to why my plate smelled so bad. She was horrified that I would eat it.

All it needed was a little Fish Sauce to balance the flavors.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Aug 5, 2015, 11:41 PM

2. "Made incorrectly"?

 

You mean to tell me that putting two spears of asparagus into 16 oz of water, and sealing that in a jar, is not the correct way to make a vegetable soup broth?

What possible recipe could they have imaginably done "incorrectly" to result in this product?

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #2)

Wed Aug 5, 2015, 11:55 PM

3. Five cents CRV is only applies to beverages

Consumers pay California Redemption Value (CRV) when they purchase beverages, not soup stock.

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #3)

Thu Aug 6, 2015, 04:09 AM

7. So I not only overpaid for incorrect asparagus water, I can't even redeem the bottle?

Not to mention that my asparagus soup came out awful!

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #7)

Thu Aug 6, 2015, 09:40 AM

10. I've got a recipe for stone soup that could jazz it up

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #10)

Thu Aug 6, 2015, 09:47 AM

12. It only works if you use genuine stone water from Whole Foods

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #10)

Thu Aug 6, 2015, 01:49 PM

15. lol. don't give whole foods ideas for new products

 

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #2)

Thu Aug 6, 2015, 01:46 PM

13. 3 spears

 

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #2)

Thu Aug 6, 2015, 02:01 PM

21. It's homeopathic soup.

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Response to Starry Messenger (Reply #21)

Thu Aug 6, 2015, 02:13 PM

23. Now, now, don't be gruel

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #23)

Thu Aug 6, 2015, 04:18 PM

26. You need a lot of grit

 

to try and sell asparagus water!

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Aug 5, 2015, 11:58 PM

4. It *was* a mistake. They meant the price to be $15.99.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Aug 6, 2015, 12:01 AM

5. Employee prank that corporate doesn't want to admit to? nt

 

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Response to msanthrope (Reply #5)

Thu Aug 6, 2015, 05:27 PM

29. My first thought was 'subversive disgruntled employee'

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Aug 6, 2015, 03:40 AM

6. Well, #1, bullshit.

They just got caught.

#2 and as a home cook who makes her own broth (actually, the process to which she is referring is more appropriately called "stock" I couldn't help but say "Huh?" to this: "which are typically made over a long period of time soaking in water." Uh, no darlin' that will kill someone. You have to actually, you know, apply heat. Oh, and a nice mir poix. And some peppercorns.

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Reply #6)

Thu Aug 6, 2015, 09:08 AM

9. +1 nt

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Reply #6)

Thu Aug 6, 2015, 01:48 PM

14. yep,they got caught

 

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Reply #14)

Thu Aug 6, 2015, 01:58 PM

18. And lied

 


But, apparently, they believe they will be insulated by the apparent and appalling ignorance of their customers about how food is prepared.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Aug 6, 2015, 06:14 AM

8. Like a Republican mistake, the only "mistake" was they thought they'd get away with it.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Aug 6, 2015, 09:45 AM

11. Why am I reminded of this? -- "The Lies that Whole Foods Tells"

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Aug 6, 2015, 01:55 PM

16. I'd still wager --

Some people paid the $6 and they will fight doggedly to defend the "health benefits" rather than admit they were had.

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Response to Nuclear Unicorn (Reply #16)

Thu Aug 6, 2015, 05:30 PM

30. Well. it's detoxycleansifying

and don't even get me started on the memory in that water!

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Aug 6, 2015, 01:57 PM

17. One store? So why is it labeled "CA CRV/HI 5?"?

 

There are three Whole Paychecks in Hawai'i, at tony Kahala Mall in east Honolulu, in Kailua where Obama vacations, and on Maui.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Aug 6, 2015, 01:59 PM

19. "Somewhere in L.A., Whole Foods executives are laughing at all of us."

 

I thought Whole Paycheck's executives were in Austin.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Aug 6, 2015, 02:01 PM

20. So a fairly random inspection of one of their products and it is found to be a 'mistake' and now

 

I am supposed to feel like their other million products are NOT a mistake? Stupid, they should have never addressed the issue and just moved on...their PR people are not very bright imo.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Aug 6, 2015, 02:10 PM

22. I can make out most of the Ingredients, two to be exact, the rest is a warning LOL

 

Something about dangerous for children and the elderly

Whole foods, making millions every day off suckers

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Response to snooper2 (Reply #22)

Thu Aug 6, 2015, 02:13 PM

24. mine bottles water with cut up kiwis, lemons and other fruit. sells for $3

 

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Aug 6, 2015, 04:11 PM

25. All it needed was a sticker that read "Gluten Free" and they'd be selling out of it

Brewed and bottled at A Sucker's Born Every Minute plant in Derp Falls, Idaho

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Aug 6, 2015, 04:21 PM

27. So it sounds like the "mistake" was that they left the asparagus stalks in it. n/t

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