Local Trend Bodes Well for Supermarkets

Supermarkets rate high with consumers as places to buy local products, recent research shows, and that presents opportunity, Hartman Group officials said. In fact, 62% of consumer respondents in a recent Hartman study named their local grocery store as the place where they frequently buy local products. Farmers' markets were named by 61%. By contrast, only 20% named health food stores.

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Supermarkets rate high with consumers as places to buy local products, recent research shows, and that presents opportunity, Hartman Group officials said.

In fact, 62% of consumer respondents in a recent Hartman study named their local grocery store as the place where they frequently buy local products. Farmers' markets were named by 61%. By contrast, only 20% named health food stores.

Since consumers already feel they're buying local products at their

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