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Whole Foods Market local producer loans crest $5M mark

Celebrates milestone by giving away assortment of products made by loan recipients

Austin, TX (Oct. 6, 2011) -- Whole Foods Market’s Local Producer Loan Program has now funded more than $5 million in low-interest loans for farmers, food artisans and small businesses. The company will celebrate the milestone by giving away an assortment of products made by loan recipients.

 Visit the Whole Story blog for details on the giveaway.


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Erin Harper and Whole Foods Market’s Local Producer Loan Program (LPLP) have been instrumental in fostering the growth and evolution of small producers nationwide, helping to shape the face of the natural and organic retail landscape since 2007.

Errol Schweizer

Global Executive Grocery Coordinator

Errol Schweizer has been with Whole Foods Market for more than 12 years and has worked in grocery leadership roles at all levels.  As Whole Foods Market’s executive global grocery coordinator, he has helped bring more than 6,000 culinary finds to the U.S. marketplace. Schweizer and team continue to lead the charge on ethical sourcing and product innovation by expanding the company’s selection of fair trade, organic and non-GMO-verified products.

Theo Weening

Global Meat Buyer

Theo’s passion for quality meats; intricate knowledge of raising practices, cuts and preparation techniques; and his dedication to the art of a centuries-old craft has made him a highly-sought national expert.