Native State Foods Selected for Walmart's Open Call 

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More than 4,800 businesses applied representing 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, Australia, and Mozambique
We are humbled to announce that Native State has been selected for Walmart's Open Call, which seeks to identify new and innovative products manufactured here in the U.S. Native State was selected from thousands of applicants and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in this exciting event.

Keep reading below for more details and a word from our founders....

Walmart 2020 Open Call Winners
850 Top Entrepreneurs + Walmart = American Opportunity 

BENTONVILLE, Ark., — The wait is over for entrepreneurs who submitted their applications for Walmart’s Open Call event as approximately 850 small and medium-sized businesses received their official invitations to pitch Walmart merchants at Walmart’s annual merchandising event on Oct. 1.

This year, more than 4,800 businesses representing 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, Australia and Mozambique applied for the chance to pitch a Walmart merchant, a 44% increase in submissions from last year. The businesses selected to participate in Open Call will now start preparing for their chance to realize the American Dream.

The event kicks off Walmart’s celebration of U.S. Manufacturing Month and will include similar programming to previous years. In addition to one-on-one pitch meetings with Walmart buyers, participants will have an opportunity to hear directly from Walmart executives and learn from company leaders during smaller breakout sessions designed to inform, empower and encourage supplier-hopefuls.

"During this year of unprecedented challenges for U.S. businesses, Walmart remains committed to sourcing products made, grown, or assembled in the U.S. By Investing in products that support American jobs, we are able to bring new exciting products to our customers, support new jobs in our local communities and invest in small business across the country.” said Laura Phillips, Walmart senior vice president for Global Sourcing & U.S. Manufacturing.

This year’s Open Call attendees could secure deals ranging from a handful of stores in local markets to supplying hundreds, even thousands of stores, 
Sam’s Clubs and on


Angela Palmieri & Claudio Ochoa, Founders of Native State
"We are a small but mighty female/first generation minority-led small business. This year has been a rollercoaster with COVID-19 and the opportunity to participate in this program with the largest retailer in the world is so exciting. We are thankful to Walmart for recognizing our innovation, hard work, and for being invested in those that make America strong."

- Angela Palmieri & Claudio Ochoa, Co-Founders

A Commitment to American Jobs

In January 2013, Walmart announced its commitment to help boost job creation and U.S. manufacturing through buying an additional $250 billion in products supporting American jobs by 2023. Walmart’s Open Call is one way in which the company continues to invest in this commitment.

About Walmart
Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better - anytime and anywhere - in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, over 265 million customers and members visit approximately 11,500 stores under 56 banners in 27 countries and eCommerce websites. With fiscal year 2020 revenue of $524 billion, Walmart employs over 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting, on Facebook at and on Twitter at

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