Whole Foods Market Pressures Sonoma Foie Gras to Discontinue Foie Gras
An article in the New York Times discusses the pressure Whole Foods Market is putting on Sonoma Foie Gras through it’s processor. Now Sonoma Foie Gras is fighting back with a lawsuit.
From the Times article:
“In the lawsuit, Sonoma Foie Gras is charging Whole Foods with “intentional interference with contract.” According to the complaint, filed in January, Whole Foods told Grimaud Farms last fall to stop processing and distributing Sonoma’s ducks and foie gras or the grocer would no longer do business with the company. Grimaud, which sells ducks to Whole Foods, will terminate its contract with Sonoma at the end of this month.”
From a spokesman at Whole Foods
“We will not do business with them if they don’t terminate their relationship with Sonoma Foie Gras”
Whole Foods has a written policy not to sell foie gras, Ms. Lowery said, “because of the cruelty,” a reference to the force-feeding of ducks and geese to make their livers grow large and fatty.
The grocery chain’s decision to require Grimaud to terminate its relationship with Sonoma is based on its “compassion standards,” which were formulated with animal rights groups like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and The Humane Society and applied to all its suppliers.”
You can see the full article here
You may have read last week that Whole Foods will also discontinue selling live lobster or crab. Seems to me they are taking all of this a bit far, and risking alienating the very people that probably bring them a large portion of their big profits: the foie gras loving, lobster eating, caviar munching, oenophiles. I actually had some excellent foie gras last week in Alaska. I suppose I’ll no longer be welcome in what has most recently been my favorite grocery store. What’s next – a ban on the sale on yogurt with live bacteria?! Hmm… New Season’s Market just got a lot closer.