Retail produce executives say state and regionally sponsored programs that promote local produce can offer a sizable boon to their businesses, and benefit consumers and farmers at the same time. The groups often provide advertising and point-of-sale material for locally grown produce, which can make promotions at retail a little easier, merchandisers told SN. They are a growing 20phenomenon. For example, one the oldest statewide initiatives, Jersey Fresh in New Jersey, now wields a budget ...

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