Whole Foods suppliers say new policies are costly, hurt small business


Whole Foods

Whole Foods suppliers say the grocer’s costly new
policies are hurting their business.

AP/Mark Lennihan

  • Whole
    Foods
    is charging brands more money for prime shelf space
    and introducing new fees. It has also stopped paying shipping
    fees for some products and dropped minimum-order
    requirements.
  • Some small and local vendors say the fees are damaging
    their business and they’re considering cutting ties with Whole
    Foods as a result.
  • “I once drove to every Whole Foods store in the
    Portland area and dropped off jars of our nut butters” for
    stores to sell, said the founder of a brand of natural nut
    butter. “That’s over, that’s done. That’s not ever happening
    again.”
  • “For a small vendor to go through this is a hellacious,
    horrible time and financial burden,” the CEO and founder of a
    snack-bar company said.

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