Published: Sat, September 30, 2017
Markets | By Erika Turner

Whole Foods investigates credit card hack

Whole Foods investigates credit card hack

That kale salad isn't sounding quite as appetizing now, is it?

The retailer says that it was recently alerted to unauthorized access of payment card information at certain stores.

Whole Foods recently published a release detailing the investigation, explaining that both the taprooms and in-store restaurants use different point-of-sale systems than the checkout systems used in the actual grocery store.

"The company's investigation is ongoing and it will provide additional updates as it learns more", the company said in a bulletin.

Whole Foods Market, now owned by Inc, said credit card information was stolen from the taprooms, restaurants and other venues in some of its stores, the company disclosed Thursday.

Whole Foods also notes that this does not impact any Amazon-based accounts in any way, as the company's systems aren't linked to Amazon's.

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Whole Foods has 449 stores in the U.S., more than 40 of which sells beer on tap. The breach did not affect the primary checkout and payment operating systems, Whole Foods said.

Whole Foods has promised to contact customers whose payment data might have been compromised. It's unclear how many restaurants Whole Foods has.

Amazon did not return a request for comment.

Third-party data showed a surge of traffic as curious shoppers flocked to Whole Foods stores several days after the price cuts took effect, but that subsequently dropped.

The online private-label sales are among the changes Amazon made after taking over Whole Foods on August 28.

Wendy's said in July that point of sale systems at more than 1,000 of its us restaurants were targeted by hackers, compromising an unknown number of credit and debit cards.

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