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Whole Foods Reconsidering Policy on Local Suppliers


Whole Foods arranged for up to 250 food suppliers across the Northeast to meet with the company in Boston to restore their relationship with local farmers and small-scale specialty food manufacturers that was interrupted after the acquisition by Amazon.


Phil Kafarakis, president of the Specialty Food Association quoted in a Boston Globe article on June 30th stated, “It’s been a stressful, uncertain time for small food suppliers many of whom relied heavily on their Whole Foods relationship.”


Obviously Amazon incorrectly assessed customer needs and ended supply relationships based on margins and expediency.  Competitors both large and small introduced specialty products to their shelves and in addition stocked heavily in organics, siphoning off customers from existing Whole Foods locations.