Meijer promotes commitment to local produce

Freeman Staff

June 30, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. — Even before Meijer opened its first stores in Wisconsin this month, it formed a relationship with farmers in the state, according to the retailer.

Meijer’s commitment to purchasing local produce represents an annual economic impact of nearly $100 million, according to a Tuesday report.

“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 merchandising for Meijer, in a statement. “Not only is buying local produce the right thing to do, it’s what our customers want and deserve. We are currently one of the largest purchasers of local produce in the markets we serve.”

Meijer works with more than 125 local growers, an increase of 25 percent during the past two years,  within its six-state footprint. The company began purchasing potatoes from Alsum Farms & Produce in Wisconsin before the retailer even opened stores in Kenosha and Grafton. 

As Meijer continues to grow in the Midwest, including with a store planned for Waukesha, it will continue to seek partnerships with local growers, according to the company.