This Is the Single Most Popular Food Sold at Walmart, Says CEO
It's been a busy year for America's biggest big-box retailer. By May, Walmart reported a spike in overall sales of 10 percent, while its online sales—largely driven by COVID-19-related lockdown measures—rose a staggering 74 percent. "Walmart is reaping the rewards of being one of few retailers positioned to successfully navigate a global pandemic, reporting a surge in quarterly sales as consumers turned to its giant stores to stock up on food and household goods," observed The Wall Street Journal. And though Walmart has indeed sold a lot of household goods—including face masks, handsoaps, and toilet paper rolls—their number-one-selling item may surprise you: It's bananas.
That's right. Walmart CEO Doug McMillon revealed to Bloomberg in a recent interview that the single most popular item to fly off the stores' shelves is America's favorite vitamin-packed fruit.
"We sell billions of bananas," McMillon told Bloomberg's David Rubenstein. McMillon went on to describe Walmart's environmentally controlled "banana-ripening rooms" at distribution centers, which are designed to keep their bananas at an ideal ripeness for consumers before hitting store shelves.
"I learned it smells really good in these banana-ripening rooms," McMillon said.
The rise of banana sales at Walmart is yet another sign of just how much has changed for the retailer since the coronavirus pandemic began. In 2019, the store's list of top-selling items didn't feature any foods at all. Rather, it included items such as slow cookers, flushable wipes, paper towels, TVs, and disposable washcloths. Meanwhile, experts are estimating that Walmart has experienced 300 percent increase in grocery sales in the first quarter of this year versus the previous quarter. And if you can't get enough Walmart news, make sure you're aware of the key section in stores the retailer is thinking of ditching forever.