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Whole Foods Sold Peeled Oranges Packed In Plastic Containers

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The great part about our economic system is that it demands constant innovation and improvement. What came before was worse, and what comes after is inherently better.

The purveyors of progressive grocery shopping at Whole Foods wholeheartedly embrace this ideology, and do their best to ensure their good customers are presented nothing but the best array of products an elite supermarket can offer.

It's obvious, then, what they were thinking when they introduced their line of improved sumo mandarins, tastefully presented in a layer of recyclable plastic:

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Think of the convenience! By eliminating the peeling process for those of us who are serial mandarin orange snackers, Whole Foods ensures a streamlined consumption process. No longer will we have to worry about getting icky orange peel under our fingers. No longer will we have to wonder what to do with those baffling peelings after we've devoured the flesh of the fruit.

And all of this for $5.99 a pound? It's a dream come true!

As you might expect, the disrupted mandarins were photographed in the Bay Area at the Oakland Whole Foods. The original photo was posted to the World Of Vegan Facebook page before being reposted on the above Twitter page.

Of course, Whole Foods has pulled impressive innovations like this before. Recall the company's line of Asparagus Water, introduced last year at a Whole Foods in Brentwood. For $6 a bottle, customers could enjoy the rich, round taste of water, complete with the luscious mouthfeel of Asparagus.

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As it turns out, the Asparagus Water was supposedly a mistake. Whole Foods pulled the product from its shelf, saying that the product was mislabeled. For the pre-peeled mandarins, Whole Foods merely had this to say:

So much for progress.