COACHELLA, Calif. -- A collection of grape farmers and state lawmakers used a full-page newspaper ad to challenge retailers to embrace local and regional produce growers. The Los Angeles Times letter was directed at Albertson's in particular, and its Best Neighbor Policy Initiative. Blaine Carian, vice president of Desert Fresh Inc., based here, wrote that "while your 'Best Neighbor Policy Initiative' lends its support to the community by providing grant monies, I propose that Albertson's ...

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