Amazon deal with Whole Foods squeezing local suppliers

The Amazon-Whole Foods deal that closed last year is taking a toll on local businesses, according to a local supplier, Michael Kanter, the founder of Eliot's Adult Nut Butters.

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“It’s just getting more difficult to both get started in Whole Foods… and then to keep growing in the company,” Kanter told FOX Business’ Ashley Webster on “Varney & Co.”

The prospect of working regionally is diminishing and essentially creating more costs for local suppliers, Kantor said.

“The barriers to getting to other regions are definitely growing, which that’s a challenge for small business,” he said.

Despite trying to work with local regional players, Kantor’s’ Oregon-based business continues to struggle with getting “responses” or “facetime” with companies he said.

Even so, vendors ultimately want to create partnerships, Kantor added.

“We want it to be a two-way street,” he said. “I think for a lot of companies it’s feeling less and less like a two-way partnership with Whole Foods and Amazon.”