Wal-Mart branches out into locally grown produce - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Wal-Mart branches out into locally grown produce

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Wal-Mart says it has become the nation's largest buyer of locally grown fruits and vegetables.

The Bentonville-based retail giant says it will purchase and sell $400 million worth of produce grown by local farmers within its state stores this year, an effort the company says will only grow.

Among retailers, Whole Foods Markets of Austin, Texas, is perhaps best known for buying and selling locally grown produce. Others, like New Seasons Market stores around Portland, Oregon, and Hen House Market stores in Kansas City, cater to customers looking for fresh produce.

However, company officials say Wal-Mart has focused on buying fruits and vegetables from farms nearest to their distribution centers, making shipping easier while cutting down on trucking in produce from outside of the area.

 

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