When it comes to doing local, size matters. So too does speed.
Those are two lessons Strack & Van Til has learned after testing new local produce offerings at select stores over the summer. Size matters because buying from small suppliers only allows the retailer to cover a limited number of stores, explained Dave Negron, VP of perishables and fresh at the 38-store operator. Speed, he said, is required to take advantage of buying opportunities when they arise.