Harris-Teeter Growers Meeting

Harris-Teeter buyers meet one-on-one with local farmers.

While much of North Carolina was bracing for winter weather in late February, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services was organizing meetings for local farmers interested in expanding their business.

Grower meetings were held on Feb. 12 in Concord and Feb. 20 in Raleigh for farmers interested in selling to Harris-Teeter. In all, 122 farmers participated in the two meetings with buyers from the retail grocery chain. Mark Hilton, vice president of produce and floral for Harris Teeter, provided an overview of Harris Teeter’s guidelines for selling to its stores.

“We believe in supporting our local farmers and local communities,” Hilton said. “I think that message really resonates well with our customers.”

In addition, category specialists met one-on-one with farmers to answer their specific questions about purchasing requirements.

“It’s good to have one-on-one conversations with farmers, and having a meeting like this in a central area really helps facilitate this,” said Hilton.

The event is one of the initiatives of the department’s Marketing Division to help farmers and food businesses expand domestic and international markets for local agricultural products.

If your farm or food business is interested in selling its products to retail stores, contact one of our retail marketing specialists Tony Haywood or Randy Maness.

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