“It is actually easier to buy 100 loads of apples in Washington than it is to buy 200 half-loads scattered around the Northeast,” he said.
The challenge for Wal-Mart is collectively get through some of those barriers to take advantage of the benefits of local produce, he said.
Wenninger has more 20 years of experience in the food industry in production, supply, logistics and sales. Previous stints were at Chiquita Brands International (in charge of South American operations), Driscoll’s (vice president of European operations), Florida berry company Clear Springs and S. Katzman Produce. He joined Wal-Mart three years ago as vice president of global food sourcing.