NEW YORK: It’s Prime time at Whole Foods: Amazon said it will give its Prime members extra discounts at the grocery chain.

The new benefits started Wednesday at Whole Foods stores in Florida and will expand nationwide this summer. Prime members get an additional 10 percent off sale items and exclusive deals on certain items. This week in Florida, for example, Prime members can get $2 off a pound of organic strawberries or save $10 a pound on wild halibut steaks.

Amazon wouldn’t say if it plans to add the benefits to Whole Foods stores in Canada and the United Kingdom.

In bringing Prime to Whole Foods, Amazon is trying to give members another reason to stay on as subscribers — even as it raises the price — and try to lure those who aren’t to join. The discounts could also drive more people to shop at Whole Foods.

Amazon said last month that it had more than 100 million paid Prime members worldwide, before it announced it would increase the price to $119 a year from $99. Prime members get fast shipping from Amazon.com and perks like access to its video streaming service.