Swiss food and beverage company Nestle (NSRGY) - Get Report said on Tuesday that it has invested in Freshly, a U.S. healthy ready meals company, as Nestle looks to sharpen its distribution network in the American market.

Nestle is the lead investor in a $77 million round of new funding in Freshly. The company is looking to get in on the growing $10 billion online prepared meals market that is expected to grow more rapidly in the U.S.

"While most food choices are still made in supermarkets, it's clear that consumers are responding to a growing universe of direct-to-consumer options, made possible through innovation. Acquiring a position in Freshly not only gives us access to this growth market, but it also brings reciprocal benefits for both companies," Nestle USA CEO Paul Grimwood said.

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Amazon has some work to do with Whole Foods: Organic grocer Whole Foods (WFM) needs Amazon's (AMZN) - Get Report tech know-how, and it needs it very quickly to slash prices.

TheStreet's Lindsay Rittenhousewent shopping online at Ohio stores to see how Whole Foods stacked up against Walmart Stores Inc. (WMT) - Get Report and rival grocer Kroger (KR) - Get Report . While the results may not be shocking, they show just how much Amazon will have to cut for Whole Foods to be on equal footing with some of its competitors.

The cost of eight everyday food items at Whole Foods, TheStreet found, were nearly double those of the ones at Walmart, but Kroger undercut them both. Whole Foods' basket cost $38.29; Walmart's, $19.86; and Kroger's, $16.58.

With data as shocking as this, it's no wonder Whole Foods founder John Mackey is in love with Amazon.

Tesla's stock is out of control: Tesla Inc. (TSLA) - Get Report shares are expected to have a strong session amid reports Elon Musk's electric car baby may open a new production facility in China. Such a move would avoid tariffs in the world's second-largest economy, but risk the ire of U.S. President Donald Trump's "buy American, hire American" industrial policy, TheStreet's Martin Baccardax reports.

Tesla's market cap is now more than $60 billion and climbing, despite the company continuing to lose money. Ford's (F) - Get Report market clocks in at $44.7 billion, while General Motors (GM) - Get Report stands at $51.9 billion.

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