The Puerto Rico Products Association recently bestowed its “Local Business Support Award” to Walmart, acknowledging its commitment to promoting local manufacturing and agriculture, thus supporting the island’s socio-economic development, the retailer’s Regional General Manager, Jaime Fernández, said Wednesday.
“We support products Made in Puerto Rico because it is relevant to our customers, while we strengthen the economic, social and environmental sustainability of our island,” Fernández said. “We receive this award with pride, on behalf of all our associates, because it is a recognition to the commitment we have with our local product suppliers.”
He explained that across different business strategies, the company replaced merchandise imports with local products.
“We buy more than $200 million annually in products processed, manufactured or harvested in Puerto Rico. This, in addition to creating thousands of direct and indirect jobs, generates significant economic activity on the island and allows us to offer fresh, quality products to our customers,” the executive said.
According to the Products Association, the award bestowed to Walmart is among several quality excellence honors that reaffirm the importance of supporting and recognizing Puerto Rico entrepreneurs.
“Walmart has been an important factor in the development of agricultural and products manufactured on the island, and services that carry the ‘Made in Puerto Rico’ brand,” said Puerto Rico Products Association President Manuel Cidre.