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
- 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
- “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.