Big-box store shoppers in Florida and Texas can score bargains while reducing food waste.
This week, Walmart€”the United States largest grocery chain€”began selling bags of €œugly€ apples at 300 of its Florida stores at discount prices. The move comes after the big-box behemoth found success with a similar model in Texas with weather-damaged potatoes called €œSpuglies,€ which theyve been selling in hundreds of stores since April. The company plans to expand such programs to more states if the weather-dented produce sells well, says Walmart spokesperson John Forrest Ales. With 4,000 stores nationwide, Walmart could lead the industry in addressing food waste, which contributes to hunger and climate change. €œWe’ve typically found that growers reported [cosmetic-related] losses ranging up to 20 percent of production in a given year,€ says JoAnne Berkenkamp of the Natural Resources Defense Council, €œbut it could be higher in years of bad weather.” Meanwhile, research strongly suggesting that €œhomely€ produce tastes the same as its more conventionally attractive counterparts, and that it might be even more nutritious.