Amazon, the Seattle-based e-commerce giant, is set to buy healthy supermarket chain Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, Amazon confirmed on Friday.
The company will pay $42 per share for Whole Foods, representing a 27 percent premium on its current share price of $33. Shares of Whole Foods were halted from trading as the market opened on Friday.
“Millions of people love Whole Foods Market because they offer the best natural and organic foods, and they make it fun to eat healthy,” Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos said in a statement.
It’s Amazon’s biggest deal ever, easily surpassing its $970 million acquisition of video service Twitch in 2014.
For years, the company has looked to dive into the $800 billion grocery industry, but its customers have been slow to embrace buying milk from the same site they buy their books from.
Wall Street responded positively to the deal for Amazon, with its stock price jumping more than 3 percent as it pushes towards $1,000 a share.
The deal is expected to close later this year.