TYLER, Texas, Feb. 18, 2015 –Tyler, Texas-based regional grocery retailer Brookshire Grocery Co. today hosted its second annual Local Growers Appreciation Luncheon, honoring local farmers who supply fresh produce sold in BGC stores throughout Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas.
A highlight of the luncheon was a speech by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tyler) who discussed the impact of government regulations on local land owners and growers. In addition, Mark Chamblee, state director – district 5 for the Texas Farm Bureau and owner of Chamblee’s Rose Nursery in Tyler, addressed the group, emphasizing the importance of using education, communication and engagement to create a connection between growers and consumers.
The event concluded with Marc Green of G-MC Produce in Henderson, Texas, being named the 2015 Grower of the Year. This award is presented to the grower who best demonstrates ethical business practices, strives to bring innovation to the industry and collaborates with BGC to offer the best quality products at the best value. G-MC Produce items sold in BGC stores include watermelons, pumpkins, squash, tomatoes and peaches.
In 2014, BGC stores sold more than 15 million pounds of locally grown fresh produce including watermelons, peaches, squash and tomatoes. The company also sold more than 150,000 locally grown plants including poinsettias for Christmas.
Some 22 growers and their guests attended this year’s appreciation luncheon, which was hosted at Harvey Convention Center in Tyler.