Let's Get Small: National Growers Going Local Too

The concept of 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

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 w

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