Meijer announced Tuesday that it will be resurrecting its Lift Local Supplier event to give local businesses another opportunity to showcase their products at the Grand Rapids grocer.
“Our partnerships with vendors in our footprint allow us to directly impact our local economies,” Peter Whitsett, Meijer’s executive vice president of merchandising and marketing, said in a statement. “By offering local products, we are able to support small businesses while providing our customers with a greater sense of community, by offering items that resonate with their values and culture. This event helps us find these unique products and continue to source locally.
The virtual event, which runs July 19-21, will focus on groceries, baby products, beauty and personal care, and wellness.
Eligible companies, which can apply by May 20, must sell their products in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio or Wisconsin.
The first event took place on April 1.
“After a successful first event, we are excited to further grow our local business supplier community,” said Jamie Akemann, group vice president of global sourcing, indirect sourcing, supplier diversity and product quality at Meijer. “This is not just an opportunity for fully grown brands, but a chance for us to build relationships with small, local businesses and invest in their long-term success.”
Companies that use Meijer will be invited to a virtual or in-person meeting with the option of selling their products at the grocery store.
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