Wal-Mart to hold a Green Fair



    
                       As part of Achat-Québec program
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        Suppliers of organic, environmentally friendly and fair-trade
               products are invited to meet with the company
    

    MONTREAL, June 27 /CNW Telbec/ - As part of its Achat-Québec program,
Wal-Mart Canada today announced that it will be holding a Green Fair in
Montreal on August 29. This event will give Wal-Mart the opportunity to meet
with Quebec suppliers of organic, environmentally friendly and fair-trade
products.
    The goal of the Green Fair is to bring together the 70 to 80 Quebec
companies that produce or distribute organic, environmentally friendly and
fair-trade products in order to identify which ones could become Wal-Mart
suppliers in Quebec.
    "Quebeckers are increasingly sensitive to the origins of the products
they buy and the production methods of the goods they consume. We believe it
is important to make room on our shelves for organic, environmentally friendly
and fair-trade products that come from Quebec companies," said Chantal
Glenisson, vice-president, operations, Wal-Mart Quebec.

    A well-established program

    Launched in 2005, the Achat-Québec program includes nearly 1,350 Quebec
suppliers whose products are specially identified in the store. To recruit
suppliers, Wal-Mart has held trade fairs since 2005, where suppliers are
invited to present their products. Wal-Mart had previously organized two trade
fairs in Montreal and Quebec City as pilot projects. In 2006 and earlier this
year, Wal-Mart travelled to Chaudière-Appalaches (Saint-Georges de Beauce),
Centre-du-Québec/Mauricie (Drummondville), the Eastern Townships
(Magog/Sherbrooke), Rivière-du-Loup (Acadie-Québec) and Sainte-Agathe
(Laurentians). In total, since the program was launched, Wal-Mart has met with
800 potential suppliers at these events.
    "The Green Fair is something of an extension of our Achat-Québec program,
as well as part of Wal-Mart's Greener Good program aimed at offering customers
a broader selection of environmentally friendly products, eliminating waste
and using 100% renewable energy sources," concluded Ms. Glenisson.

    About Wal-Mart in Quebec
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    Established in 1994 and headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Wal-Mart
Canada operates a growing network of 276 outlets, 7 Supercentres and 6 SAM's
Club stores nationwide, including 51 outlets based in Quebec. The company
employs more than 70,000 Canadians and has been ranked one of the best
companies to work for in Canada four out of the past five years by
international human-resources firm Hewitt Associates and Report on Business
Magazine. In Quebec, the Company has approximately 1,350 suppliers and employs
over 12,000 people in its 51 stores. Wal-Mart purchases more than $1.5 billion
of goods from Quebec suppliers annually.




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