Walmart seeking Latin America suppliers
Perishables is one of the main focus areas for Walmart in Latin America/El área de perecederos es la más importante para Walmart

Perishables is one of the main focus areas for Walmart in Latin America/El área de perecederos es la más importante para Walmart

31st July 2017

Retail giant will buy agricultural products and textiles in the region
By José Eusebio Medina
Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, is doubling sales of locally grown produce in the U.S.; expanding and enhancing sustainable sourcing to cover 20 key commodities, including bananas, coffee, grapes (from where a large amount is sourced from various countries in Latin America) and tea, among others; and implementing a new plan designed to achieve science-based targets for reducing greenhouse gases.

“Walmart is looking way beyond monthly or semester sales. That’s why our CEO defined 20 agricultural commodities that we must offer in order to be a more sustainable strategic partner by 2025,” Latin America’s VP of Purchasing and Procurement, Fernando Serpa, told Latin Trade on his recent visit to Medellín, Colombia.
What products will be sought in Latin America in the coming years?
Walmart has a very important retail presence in Latin America. We sell in Mexico, Central America, Chile, Argentina and Brazil and in each one of these markets, the products we offer are local.
From the point of view of exports from the region to other markets we have several areas of interest. The most important, undoubtedly, is ​​perishables. We buy tropical products in Central America and Colombia: especially bananas and pineapples. We buy apples, pears and other fruits in the South. As seasonality is different in the United States and South America, when the U.S. …

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