What is the Local Producer Loan Program?
Through the Local Producer Loan Program, Whole Foods Market lends money to small, local, independent producers to help them expand their businesses. We have completed loans to organic vegetable farmers, a heritage turkey grower, a nutritional protein bar maker, a maker of body care products, and many others. The program is driven by the eleven regions of Whole Foods Market, with support from the Local Producer Loan Program office in Austin. The loan program strengthens producers' relationships with our regions and supports the development of specific products (including organic and animal compassionate products) that we want to carry in our stores. To date, the Local Producer Loan Program has provided over 350 loans, representing more than $25 million in capital for our suppliers.