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H-E-B announced it would test an automated vehicle to bring groceries to customer homes later this year. The San Antonio grocer is partnering with San Francisco startup Udelv to provide the service to Olmos Park residents. Customers will be able to order groceries online to be delivered in climate controlled compartments on a human-free vehicle.

Food prices in America were down for the longest period in about 60 years.

Wait, what?

It's not something that shoppers seemed to have noticed much.

"Are you serious? Really?" says Michelle German, holding a bag of groceries and wine at a Harris Teeter store in Washington, D.C. "I just spent about $40 dollars on four items and I'm like, wait, how did I spend that much money?"

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

Until today downtown San Antonio, could have been considered a food desert. 

Now, after more than a decade without a full-service downtown grocery store, H-E-B has opened its South Flores Market.

H-E-B officials and city leaders hope that the store will help make downtown a more desirable place to live.

It’s a crowded first day in H-E-B's new urban grocery store. Shopper Laura Nikas pulls a bag of grapes, cereal, and other items from her small shopping cart and places them on the check out counter. 

H‑E‑B, the largest private employer in Texas, announced Monday that 55,000 employees would be eligible to receive a portion of stock in the company under a new employee ownership plan. The Butt family will remain the primary owners of the company. 

H‑E‑B anticipates that employees, known as partners, will own about 15 percent of the company over time.

Whole Foods Market has announced that by April of next year it will stop sourcing foods that are produced using prison labor.

The move comes on the heels of a demonstration in Houston where the company was chastised for employing inmates through prison-work programs.

Michael Allen, founder of End Mass Incarceration Houston, organized the protest. He says Whole Foods was engaging in exploitation since inmates are typically paid very low wages.

Trista Eudaily

The difference between San Antonio's marketplace of grocery options and that of Big Sister Dallas, is drastic. Dallas has one of the more competitive grocery markets in the country with big chains like Kroger, Albertsons, and Wal-Mart all grabbing at consumer dollars. Meanwhile San Antonio has only one mainstay grocery chain, H-E-B. 

Sure, San Antonio has a Wal-Mart presence as well as a couple of Whole Foods Markets, but you would be hard pressed to find someone arguing that H-E-B doesn't reign supreme in the Alamo City.  

Upscale grocery store chain Whole Foods (often referred to as "Whole Paycheck" because of its high prices) announced this week that it's launching a new offshoot brand — with lower prices — to appeal to younger, millennial shoppers.

Walter Robb, co-CEO of Whole Foods, says it will be a "uniquely branded store concept unlike anything that currently exists in the marketplace" with "value prices ... a modern, streamlined design, innovative technology and a curated selection."

Whole Foods, the upscale grocery store chain famous for its bright displays of produce and emphasis on organic foods, plans to launch a new chain of lower-priced stores aimed at millennial shoppers.

The yet-to-be-named stores will "feature a modern streamlined design, innovative technology and a curated selection," the company says in a statement.