Brookshire Grocery Co. honored local farmers who supply fresh produce to its stores at the grocer's second annual Local Growers Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday, held at Harvey Convention Center in Tyler, Texas.
Speakers at the event included Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tyler) who discussed the impact of government regulations on local land owners and growers; as well as Mark Chamblee, state director – district 5 for the Texas Farm Bureau and owner of Chamblee’s Rose Nursery in Tyler, who emphasized the importance of using education, communication and engagement to create a connection between growers and consumers.
Brookshire's also recognized Marc Green of G-MC Produce in Henderson, Texas, with its 2015 Grower of the Year award. The honor is given to a grower who demonstrates ethical business practices, strives to bring innovation to the industry and collaborates with Brookshire's to offer quality products at the best value.
“We are honored to formally recognize our local growers for all they do to provide our customers with fresh, high quality produce,” said Brookshire's President and CEO Rick Rayford, noting that the company works with more than 50 local growers throughout its operating area to supply its stores with millions of pounds of produce annually. “Purchasing locally grown produce positively impacts each community’s economy and ensures our customers get the freshest seasonal produce available," he said.
Brookshire Grocery Co. operates 152 stores in three states -- Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas -- with three distribution centers and five manufacturing facilities.