Ask Leah! The Ingles Dietitian

Sponsored: How local is "local" food?

ingles dietitianQUESTION: When Ingles talks about offering “local” food what do you mean by that? Is there a certain area or geographic distance?

ANSWER: There is no legal definition for the word “local” so many retailers set a definition on their own. At Ingles all of our stores are within 250 miles of our Distribution Center in Black Mountain, NC so this is our first tier of our “local” region.

From there many of our stores bring in products that are from “local” suppliers and farmers that may be in their immediate neighborhood. Some examples might be barbecue sauces and produce ( fruit and vegetable) items. Typically in our produce department you will see signage identifying locally grown produce or you can ask your Ingles Produce Manager or associate where the produce is coming from or has been grown.


Leah McGrath, RDN, LDN

Ingles Markets Corporate Dietitian

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