Commissioner Hugh Weathers: Military Produce Group

Commissioner Hugh Weathers is here to talk about the Military Produce Group visiting South Carolina. Commissioner,  can you tell us more about this group and why it is important to SCDA and South Carolina that this group is visiting?

  • The SCDA Merchandizing division is facilitating a meeting with the Military Produce Group June 5th and June 6th.
  • The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) and Military Produce Group have been partnering for over a decade to bring fresh produce to our defense patrons and their families.
  • Each day, Military Produce Group deploys trained produce specialists to assist in day to day commissary operation.
  • The commissary benefit is a tradition that began in 1825 and as the American military spread around the globe, so did the Commissary.
  • By the end of the 1970’s, every military branch managed their own commissary.
  • On May 15, 1990 at Fort Lee, Va., DeCA as we know it was established and soon after a year, assumed full control of all commissaries.
  • Operating a worldwide chain of commissaries, DeCA honorably serves military personnel, retirees and their families. DeCA saves shoppers an average of 30% on their purchases which amounts to thousands of dollars annually when shopping regularly at commissaries.
  • The meeting is to help this global group see all the produce that South Carolina has to offer.
  • Eighteen representatives of this group will meet with retailers and merchandizers in South Carolina.
  • This is especially important because of the strong Military presence in South Carolina. SCDA feels strongly that the men and women who serve our country deserve the best and freshest produce that South Carolina can provide.
  • Also, this is an opportunity to show the Military Produce Group the benefits of having a Farm to Commissary partnership.
  • The farms that the group is visiting include Coosaw Farms, Sandifer Farms, W.P. Rawl, Watsonia Farms, J.W. Yonce & Sons, and Titan Farms.
  • The group will see a variety of fruits and vegetable such as, peaches and watermelons, and how they are grown, inspected and packaged.
  • South Carolina is proud of the crops that we produce and are thankful for groups like the Military Produce group that help promote local fresh produce to defense patrons and their families.