The future, for those who can afford it, is organic fair trade locally-sourced artisanal bespoke groceries delivered by drone: Amazon has announced that it will acquire Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said, "Millions of people love Whole Foods Market because they offer the best natural and organic foods, and they make it fun to eat healthy." The deal is expected to close at some time later this year.

The all-cash deal values Whole Foods' stock at $42/share. Bloomberg News reports that Amazon "had about $21.5 billion of cash and equivalents at the end of March."

CNBC reports that Whole Foods CEO John Mackey will stay on as Whole Foods CEO, and the sacred Whole Foods name will remain unchanged.

Mackey said in a statement, "This partnership presents an opportunity to maximize value for Whole Foods Market's shareholders, while at the same time extending our mission and bringing the highest quality, experience, convenience and innovation to our customers."

With increased competition, Whole Foods has not been as successful as some investors have hoped, leading "an activist hedge fund [to take] a stake in Whole Foods" and campaign for change. The deal will give Amazon retail presence—it's been opening small bookstores around the country—with Whole Foods' 400-plus locations, so it's only a matter of time before you start seeing Amazon Echoes along the checkout line: