These Surprising Walmart Food Facts Will Make You Rethink Buying Your Groceries There

Have you been thinking about shopping at Walmart, but you’ve been on the fence for a while? We might be able to help you with your decision. What you might not know is there are tons of perks that come with shopping at this superstore.

Here are some surprising Walmart food facts that will make you rethink buying your groceries there.

You’ll likely find the freshest bananas at Walmart

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Want fresh bananas? Head to Walmart. | LightFieldStudios/Getty Images

Bananas are a great superfood to add to your diet. They can be eaten as a snack or mixed with your cereal for a hearty breakfast. If you’re a big fan of bananas, Walmart is your store. The most popular grocery item at Walmart is bananas. That means the store restocks often, providing you with the freshest bananas around. Dorn Wenninger, vice president of produce and floral for Walmart US, told Business Insider that the store sold roughly 1.5 billion pounds of bananas in 2015.

Next: Clean eating

You’ll also find a wide selection of organic foods

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Your local Walmart stocks up to 400 organic products. | Niloo138/iStock/Getty images

Walmart became a major player in the organic food industry in 2006. That year, some Walmart stores offered as many as 400 organic products, according to Associated Press. The New York Times reported Walmart was the biggest seller of organic milk. “Some organic food advocates applaud the development, saying Wal-Mart’s efforts will help expand the amount of land that is farmed organically and the quantities of organic food available to the public,” reports The New York Times.

Next: You can get just about anything at Walmart.

You can buy some unusual grocery items at Walmart

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You might be surprised by what you’ll find at Walmart. | Tim Boyle/Getty Images

Shopping at Walmart is like going to one giant yard sale. You never know what you’ll find. If you like purchasing unusual food items and knick knacks for your home, you’ll be able to find some pretty weird stuff at Walmart. Among the strange items are bacon-scented pillows, toilet tattoos, apple-pie-flavored juice, a lottery prayer candle, and pickle-flavored popsicles.

Next: A great perk

You can also get customized cakes

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Walmart’s bakery can handle all sorts of custom creations. | Robyn Beck/AFP/GettyImages

Do you have a special event coming up? Then you might want to head on over to your local Walmart for your next party. You can get customized cakes at Walmart’s bakery. There are plenty of fun themes to choose from. They include The Walking Dead, Ghost Busters, the video game “Halo 4”, Disney’s Frozen, Batman, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. You’ll definitely wow your loved ones with one of these cool cakes.

Next: Save time.

In-store pickup is available

In-store pickup is available at stores. | Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Don’t have time to walk around the store? No problem. Walmart allows shoppers to order groceries online and then pick them up in the store. This way, you can quickly pick out your items and just grab them once they’re ready. All you have to do is choose a time slot that works for you. When you arrive to pick up your items, a Walmart employee will help you load the items into your car. This service is free of charge.

Next: A great way to save.

Walmart has great deals on household staples

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The store also stocks household staples. | Tim Boyle/Getty Images

Your local discount store isn’t the only place to get deals on household basics. You can also find great prices on household staples when you shop at Walmart. The best way to get more bang for your buck is to steer clear of the brand-name items. Instead, purchase one of Walmart’s house brands (such as Equate, Great Value, or Sam’s Choice) if you want to save more of your hard-earned cash.

Next: This might surprise you.

You can get award-winning wine at Walmart

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The store stocks its shelves with great wine. | Joe Raedle/Getty Images

You might be surprised to learn you can get great-tasting wine at Walmart. The superstore sells a red wine that beat out 16,000 other entries in a blind taste test, scoring a 95 out of 100, reports Delish. The wine, La Moneda Reserva Malbec, won an award for best in show single-varietal red under $21 at the Decanter World Wine Awards. If you want to add this to your wine collection, you’ll only have to pay $6.96.

Next: This can be purchased for a great price.

Seasonal produce is available at deep discounts

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There are great produce deals to be had. | Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Deals abound at Walmart. Another item you can save money on is seasonal produce. So, if you’re looking to save on fruits and vegetables, check out the produce section. The experts at Passionate Penny Pinchers say you can get the best deals if you keep an eye out for their special values.

Says Laurie at Passionate Penny Pinchers: “Walmart deeply discounts produce if you watch for their special values, and you can stock up pretty easily at great prices. I noticed grapes for as low as 88¢ per pound this week … strawberries for $1, great prices on pre-cut apple slices … and you can also price match your weekly Aldi sales ad to save even more.”

Next: Giving back

Farmers are a top priority

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Walmart works with small farms across the country.| RoschetzkyIstockPhoto/iStock/Getty Images

A few years ago, Walmart made a goal of selling $1 billion worth of goods sourced from 1 million small- and medium-sized farmers in emerging markets by the end of 2015. In an effort to support the farming community, the store also funds farmer training programs. Said the retailer on its website: “Walmart is sourcing $4 billion from 1.2 million to 1.4 million small- and medium-sized farmers. We’ve focused our programmatic sourcing efforts in our produce purchasing, where we have the most direct relationship with farmers, and funded training programs for farmers in several other categories.”

Next: Other interesting facts.

Walmart provided relief after Hurricane Katrina

The corporation donated food after Hurricane Katrina. | Mario Tama/Getty Images

The devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 left many people without adequate sources of food. Walmart helped the residents of New Orleans in a major way. The retailer donated enough food for 100,000 meals. In addition, it gave $20 million in cash donations and 1,500 truckloads of free Walmart merchandise, reports The Washington Post. Furthermore, the store promised to provide jobs to displaced New Orleans workers.

Next: A good example

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Walmart’s efficiency and logistics were applauded. | Source: Walmart

The Washington Post noted that Walmart’s hurricane relief efforts were more effective than the government’s. “While state and federal officials have come under harsh criticism for their handling of the storm’s aftermath, Wal-Mart is being held up as a model for logistical efficiency and nimble disaster planning, which have allowed it to quickly deliver staples such as water, fuel and toilet paper to thousands of evacuees,” reports the newspaper.

Next: Shopping secrets.

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There are secrets to optimize your shopping experience. | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

There are some secrets you should be aware of before you shop at Walmart. One thing to know about is the store’s dollar deals. According to GO Banking Rates, some grooming products, such as deodorant and shampoo, can be purchased for just one dollar. Check out I Heart the Mart for weekly dollar deals. Another secret is that if you want to score a deal, the best time to shop is early in the morning.

Next: These are some of the best items you can purchase.

The best foods you can buy at Walmart

Walmart’s Great Value brand lives up to its name. | Walmart

Walmart has plenty of food items to choose from. However, some of their items should make your shopping list. Among them are Patti LaBelle’s vanilla pound cake, Great Value parmesan garlic wing sauce, Great Value fudge mint cookies, and Sam’s Choice zesty herb salmon with vegetables. These food items score high marks when it comes to taste, quality, and price. Read more about these items and more here.

Next: These items are popular at Walmart stores in these states.

Bestsellers in every state

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There are some big sellers from state to state.| Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Certain items sell very well at Walmart stores in certain states. For example, traffic cones are a hot item in Tennessee Walmart stores. At Walmart stores in the state of Indiana, hand sanitizer flies off the shelves. Raisins are a big item at Walmart stores across Louisiana. A lot of people in the state of Maryland must be getting degrees, because certificate holders are a best seller at Walmart stores in that state.

Next: You might want to skip these items.

A few things you might want to skip

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There are some items you’ll just want to avoid. | Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Not everything at Walmart should be on your shopping list. There are some items you might want to leave at the store. That’s because you could get a better price elsewhere. Among the items you should skip are store-brand supplements, gift cards, wrapping paper, furniture, prepaid cell phone plans, magazines, batteries, and tech accessories. Read about these items and more here.

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