The concept of “local” dovetails nicely with the current emphasis on home, family and health. Some studies suggest that the movement — encompassing freshness, support for farmers and environmental friendliness — is immune to economic turmoil, so retailers are looking for more products to sell — and stories to tell. Enter the nation's big produce processors, who are busy setting up unique partnerships with local growers. In one recent instance, a grower based in California contracted with a ...

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