Walmart and the Walmart Foundation plan to commit $20m in the next five years. This will include an annual donation of 1.2 million meals to Chicago residents and 200,000 meals for kids this summer.
Whole Foods Market has taken over an acre in Virginia to develop a community garden that will supply a store nearby. Produce grown in its first on-site, field-to-store garden will initially will be used for prepared foods and the store's salad bar.
Metro will also close three of its depots and sell another. Metro claimed to have halted its declining sales one year after it started its turnaround programme for Metro Cash & Carry Germany. The company said it was on track to meet its earnings target of 150m by 2012 and would modernise 12 of its remaining depots.