Friday, September 21, 2007

Supermarket Chain Starts Organic Farm


A 71-store supermarket chain called Wegmans, based in Rochester, New York, is now selling organic produce grown on its own 50-acre organic farm.

An article originally researched and written by reporter Karen Miltner of the Gannett News Service on Sept. 10, 2007, reports, and republished on reports:

  • "The farm is in its first year of production, so the land is not yet certified organic, but the company's CEO, Danny Wegman, said the goal is to use the land not just to grow fresh produce for sale, but to help grow the local food market in the area."
  • "If the farm takes off, it will be poised to profit from two booming sectors of the food industry: organic food and locally grown food."
  • "The Organic Trade Association says organic foods have steadily grown in sales by 15 to 20 percent per year since 1997, nearly reaching $14 billion in sales in 2005."
  • "Similarly, local foods are in the midst of a resurgence: the market research company Packaged Facts estimates local foods have increased sales by 20 percent since 2002, with sales as high as $5 billion in 2007."

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