WHOLE FOODS LOANS $2.5 MILLION AUSTIN, Texas — Whole Foods Market here has announced that its Local Producer Loan Program — designed to help small growers and independent artisan food producers expand their businesses — has provided $2.5 million in low-interest loans to growers and producers nationwide. Since the program's inception in early 2007, it has given 50 loans to businesses throughout the U.S. Another 20 applications are currently pending. A release announcing the milestone noted ...

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