State and Local Officials, Local Businesses Celebrate California-Grown Produce at Walmart
American Canyon, Calif., July 22, 2009 – The thermostat is rising, which means fresh locally-grown watermelons are hitting the produce aisles at Walmart supercenters throughout California, including in American Canyon. In recognition of summer’s bounty, Walmart today hosted Napa County Supervisor Keith Caldwell and Napa County Assistant Agricultural Commissioner Greg Clark to highlight the partnership between Walmart and California farmers, as well as encourage customers to take advantage of fresh, locally-grown watermelons, which are fat free, cholesterol free and an excellent source of vitamins A, B6 and C, and available at their local Walmart supercenter. (Source: National Watermelon Promotion Board).
“American Canyon is located in one of the richest agricultural regions of California, Napa County,” said Greg Clark, Napa County Assistant Agricultural Commissioner. “We are happy to have stores like Walmart that serve the local community, not only as a retailer, but by supporting the economy through purchasing local products.”
To underscore the importance of teaching agriculture literacy to California's students, a third-grade student from Northwood Elementary School in Napa County will be signing copies of his winning essay from the recent California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom-sponsored statewide essay contest.
“We appreciate the support that Walmart provides to agriculture literacy programs like the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom,” said Executive Director Judy Culbertson, “This support helps us provide young people and teachers with a better understanding of the importance and exciting future of agriculture in California.”
“Walmart’s commitment to locally-grown produce allows our customers to add local flavor to their summer meals and feel good knowing their purchase is helping support their local economy,” said Kimberly Sentovich, Regional General Manager and Vice President for Walmart “Our dedication to local farmers and growers allows us to bring customers fresh produce at the prices they can afford and the quality they deserve.”
“As a grower of fresh California watermelons, we are happy to supply so many American Canyon residents with a delicious product to enjoy,” said Dan Van Groningen. “It is very important to us that retailers like Walmart recognize the value of buying fresh local produce, not only to benefit their health but also their local economy.”
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT), or “Walmart,” serves customers and members more than 200 million times per week at more than 8,000 retail units under 53 different banners in 15 countries. With fiscal year 2009 sales of $401 billion, Walmart employs more than 2.1 million associates worldwide. A leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity, Walmart ranked first among retailers in Fortune Magazine’s 2009 Most Admired Companies survey. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting www.walmartstores.com. Online merchandise sales are available at www.walmart.com and www.samsclub.com.
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