Meijer is the region’s favorite place to buy produce, perhaps because of the quality, freshness, and vast selection of offerings. Meijer has purchased from local growers since the company’s inception, and the retailer’s effort to buy local has expanded over the past five years as the focus on local became more important to customers. Meijer is currently the largest purchaser of local produce in the markets it serves and locally-grown produce accounts for 30 percent of all produce sold at Meijer stores during the peak season.
A recent survey of Meijer shoppers found that 51 percent said that supporting local farmers is the biggest benefit of buying local produce at the grocery store which is why Meijer works with more than 100 local growers and businesses – up 25 percent over the past five years – within its five-state footprint, representing an economic impact of more than $80 million annually. “Meijer has a longstanding commitment to buying locally-grown produce when available as long as the quality meets our high standards,” said Jerry Suter, vice president of fresh for the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer.
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