BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Wal-Mart Stores yesterday announced that its partnerships with local farmers are up 50% since two years ago, and that during the summer months this year, locally sourced fruits and vegetables that are both grown and available for purchase within a state’s borders will account for 20% of the produce available in its stores. “Offering local produce has been a Wal-Mart priority for years, and we’re taking it to a new level with a pledge to grow our partnerships with local farmers,” said Pam Kohn, Wal-Mart’s senior vice president and general merchandise manager for grocery. The announcement was made at a Wal-Mart Supercenter in DeKalb County Ga., where local growers were on hand to host an in-store farmers’ market.
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