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Wal-Mart aims to address problems in produce

Monday - 6/3/2013, 11:18am  ET

ANNE D'INNOCENZIO
AP Retail Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which is struggling to keep its produce aisles fresh, is announcing steps to improve the quality of its fresh fruits and vegetables.

The nation's largest grocer says Monday it is making more changes in its operations, training and sourcing as it addresses concerns about the bananas, lettuce and other produce it sells.

Changes include delivering produce from farms to store shelves more quickly by purchasing fruits and vegetables directly from local growers. It's also conducting independent weekly checks of the produce aisles at its more than, 3,400 Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and Express stores.

Wal-Mart, based in Bentonville, Ark., said it also launched a produce training program for 70,000 associates, including store managers, that teaches them how to better handle fruits and vegetables.


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