Market Fresh Produce has hired Aspen Berning as category manager, at its Nixa, Mo., location.

Berning reports to director of procurement Stacy Holthaus. His responsibilities include contacting customers, building relationships with shippers, growers, and vendors and creating logistical efficiencies throughout the supply chain, according to a news release.

Berning previously was a retail specialist at Bass Pro Shops, where he was a liaison between 75 retail stores and the merchandise buying staff. He was a co-manager at Wal-Mart, where he oversaw business operations, budgets, profit, sales, and inventory control, according to the release.

Berning graduated from Missouri Southern State College in Joplin, Mo., where he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration and a Minor in Total Quality Management, according to the release.