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Loans from Whole Foods Help Small Producers Expand Business

Love 'em or hate 'em, I'm a huge fan of Whole Foods.  If you can't tell by now, we share many of the same core-values and Pizza Fusion used their socially responsible business model when developing our own.  Despite Mr. Mackey's faux pas a few years ago with his anonymous blogging about Wild Oats, they still are king of the hill.  After countless hours spent using Whole Foods as Pizza Fusion's early office space, it's hard to not admire them for everything that they do.  Their employees love working there and they have added their suppliers and farmers to that list of core values.  Up until this past year, the Whole Foods "Core Values" were

They just recently added a 6th core value that spoke directly to Creating ongoing win-win partnerships with our suppliers. It was just one more reason for me to love Whole Foods.  When Michael and I forst started Pizza Fusion, we tried our best to get to intimately know our vendors and suppliers and create that same type of "win-win" relationship.  The more businesses realize that there really is a 3rd party involved and it's not just us and the customer, the better the world will be. It creates fair wages, great products and you create even more stewards for your brand.

I came across a nice article on Greenbiz.com yesterday that made write about this.  The article talks about WF's new Local Producer Loan Program where they actually lend money to help these small farmers get up and running. here is a snippet from Whole Foods' website describing the program:
Whole Foods Market's Local Producer Loan Program (LPLP) provides up to $10 million in low-interest loans to small, local producers. Why? Because we believe in supporting local farmers and producers. We want to make it easier for them to grow their businesses and bring more local products to market. That’s good for us and it’s good for you.

Read the full article I found on Greenbiz.com here.

Supporting Socially Responsible Businesses... is, well... responsible!

Have an awesome weekend!

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