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Event at Walmart welcomes California-grown avocados and strawberries

by | April 26, 2009
Spring is in the air, which means fresh California-grown avocados and strawberries are hitting the produce aisles at Walmart Supercenters throughout California, including in Hemet.

In recognition of spring's bounty, Walmart hosted Hemet Mayor Eric McBride and Riverside Deputy Agriculture Secretary Ron Bray April 16 to highlight the partnership between Walmart and California farmers, as well as to encourage customers to take advantage of fresh, locally grown avocados and strawberries available at their local Walmart Supercenter.

"Hemet is proud of our rich farming and agricultural tradition," Mr. McBride said in a press release. "We are also very pleased to have stores like Walmart that serve the local community, not only as a retailer but by purchasing local products and providing them to our residents."

"Partnerships such as this between Walmart and local Riverside County growers are a vital boost to the local economy," Mr. Bray said in the release. "Sourcing local agriculture creates jobs and provides fresh and nutritious California-grown products to consumers, and that's important for our health, local businesses and the environment."

"Walmart's commitment to locally grown produce allows customers to access affordable, high-quality fruits and vegetables while supporting local economies through our partnerships with local growers," Kimberly Sentovich, regional general manager and vice president for Walmart Stores Inc., added in the release. "Our dedication to local farmers and growers allows us to bring customers fresh produce at the prices they can afford and the quality they deserve."

"As a local avocado producer, I appreciate companies like Walmart that focus on local products," Bruce Dowhan, general manager of the avocado division at Giumarra Agricom International LLC in Escondido, CA, said in the release. "It is through their efforts that local jobs are created and customers receive the finest, healthiest and freshest produce available."

"As a grower of California fresh strawberries, we provide Americans a healthy and delicious product," Hank Laubacher of Mantalvo Berry Farms added in the press release. "We also appreciate organizations like Walmart that recognize the importance of fresh produce and pushing for a healthy lifestyle."