BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Feb. 20, 2007 – Wal-Mart Stores announced today that North Dakota-based Tri-Campbell will be showcased during the month of February in conjunction with the company’s Salute to America’s Farmers program. Salute to America’s Farmers, launched in September, is a year-long campaign to spotlight Wal-Mart’s commitment to purchase from local growers for distribution to stores in their areas in support of locally grown agricultural products. Throughout the next several weeks, Tri-Campbell Farms will team with Wal-Mart Stores to provide homegrown potatoes to numerous Wal-Mart Supercenters and Neighborhood Markets in the region and provide visibility to the company’s commitment to North Dakota agriculture and growers around the country.
“Wal-Mart buys more United States agricultural products than any other retailer in the world and we’re proud to introduce Salute to America’s Farmers as a tribute to our country’s growers, underscoring our company-wide commitment to farmers across the United States,” said Bruce Peterson, Wal-Mart Stores senior vice president, perishable food division. “We understand that consumers want to purchase quality products that help support the local economy and we’re proud of our ability to bring wholesome, home-grown selections to our customers in North Dakota. This commitment not only allows us to offer fresh, quality selections but also generate savings on distribution costs that we can pass on to our customers.”
Tri-Campbell Farms is a family-owned company, which has been a Wal-Mart partner for the past six years. At the ages of 17 and 18, brothers Bill and Tom Campbell started the company from scratch with roughly 100 acres of land in 1978. Shortly after, they were joined by their brother Greg Campbell. Today the farm has grown to over 6,000 acres. Tri-Campbell farms supplies Wal-Mart with Yukon Gold, red and white potatoes. In addition, it is the only farm that supplies the low carbohydrate, low calorie Sunlite potato.
“Wal-Mart recognizes the value of locally grown produce and providing it to their customers,” said Tom Campbell of Tri-Campbell Farms. “We’re thrilled that through our relationship with them, we’ve been able to bring North Dakota-grown potatoes to Wal-Mart consumers.”
Wal-Mart launched the Salute to America’s Farmer program in September and each month will showcase a local grower from selected states. Local farmers and growers in all 50 states will be spotlighted throughout the upcoming year. During each state’s showcased month, consumers can identify local produce via corresponding signage in local Supercenters and Neighborhood Markets.
“North Dakota is proud of its 30,000 family farmers and ranchers, who lead our nation in the production of 15 important commodities,” said North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson. “Thanks to producers like the Campbell brothers, North Dakota is recognized as the trusted provider of the most plentiful and highest quality food in the world.”
Wal-Mart’s relationships with U.S. suppliers extend beyond its support of local agriculture. In 2005, Wal-Mart spent $200 billion on merchandise through its relationship with 61,000 U.S. suppliers. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc spent $108,969,721 for merchandise and services with 245 suppliers in the state of North Dakota in FYE 2006. As a result of these supplier relationships, Wal-Mart supports 12,394 supplier jobs in North Dakota.
As of January 2007, Wal-Mart’s presence in North Dakota includes seven Supercenters, two Discount Stores and three SAM’S Clubs for a total of 3,304 associates.
About Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT)
Every week, more than 127 million customers visit Wal-Mart Stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets, and Sam’s Club locations across America or log on to its online store at www.walmart.com. The company and its Foundation are committed to a philosophy of giving back locally. Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) is proud to support the causes that are important to customers and associates right in their own neighborhoods, and last year gave more than $245 million to local communities in the United States. To learn more, visit www.walmartfacts.com, www.walmartstores.com, or www.walmartfoundation.org.
*supplier figures provided by Dun & Bradstreet