Food & Wine: Monica Garnes

Courtesy of Kroger

Monica Garnes

The Most Innovative Women in Food and Drinks

Kroger Supermarkets


Locavores across America have a powerful ally in Garnes, who is in charge of produce for Kroger, overseeing more than 2,700 outlets in 35 states that sell over 2 billion pounds of fruits and vegetables each year. By focusing on building relationships all over the country, she has increased the number of local farmers Kroger buys from by 27 percent over the past five years. “Now we can tell our customers exactly who raises their vegetables, which is pretty darn exciting,” she says. She’s paying special attention to organics, one of the fastest-growing parts of her business. “It’s amazing to find new farmers who thought they’d never be able to do business with Kroger,” she says. “The partnership can be life-changing for them.”

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