July 6, 2022

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Buy locally: Costco is interested in local products

Buy locally: Costco is interested in local products

The senior executive of the American giant Costco is committed to working hard to buy more Quebec products in the coming years.

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“We do not have a percentage target, but if we have the opportunity to buy locally from another country or another region, I can assure you that we will buy locally,” he assured. Log Mark-Andre Bally, Senior Vice President, Costco Canada.

“It simply came to our notice then. On the other hand, where we can, when we can, we really try to buy locally, ”he stressed.

Up to two years

Last Wednesday, Costco opened its second Quebec business store in Anzo, which is expected to create more than 200 new jobs.

Initially, its vice-president, Mark-Andre Bally, started as a part-time basket clerk at the bottom of the ladder before becoming one of the VPs and took home the importance of local purchasing.

“We have hundreds of Quebec suppliers. I can assure you that this is one of the places we care a lot,” he said.

Bakery, Cheese, Charcoal .. The company has already been betting on more fruits and vegetables in and around Quebec for the past two years.

New Zealand Apples

In July 2020, Newspaper Said The story of Sylvain Pelletier, owner of Jordan’s D’MileIn Roosevelt, New Zealand apples could not be found at the Costco Stalls in Saint-Bruno.

At LogSaid from Costco that he understood his reaction when he saw the apples that had traveled 14,000 kilometers before the VP came to our house.

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“In the case of apples, of course, if we’ve been in Rosemont or in the area and we have a lot of apples, we ask ourselves: ‘Why doesn’t Costco buy our apples?’ I can easily understand the reaction, ”he responded.

“We are now making a lot of efforts to contact and communicate with these suppliers,” he continued.

Joined by NewspaperSylvain Pelletier, of Orchard, Les Jardines d’Amiley, confirmed that he had been contacted by Costco after his public release.

“It’s true. Costco contacted me, but the Apple request did not match their business,” he concluded.

Costco has more than 300,000 employees worldwide and more than 117 million members. The multinational is present in countries such as the United States, Canada and Spain, Iceland, France and China.

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