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41 Florida product makers will present to Wal-Mart next week

Walmart is inviting more than 500 businesses from across the nation – including 41 manufacturing in Florida – to present their Made in the USA products June 28 to the world’s largest retailer in Bentonville, Ark.

Now in its fourth year, Walmart’s Open Call will feature attendees from 48 states. Nearly half of all businesses attending Open Call self-identify as diverse, including 25 percent identifying as women-owned, Walmart said.

From secret sauces and pocket-sized hair gel, to photographic mouse pads and bowls designed to keep cereal crisp, this year’s crop of products represent a range of categories such as food and beverages, home décor and apparel. With some companies pitching multiple products, more than 750 meetings have been scheduled with Walmart buyers.

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