Walmart says they are doubling the amount of Georgia peaches that you can find at area stores.
On Wednesday, company executives toured Lane Southern Orchards checking out peaches from the stem to packing, and finally, to the shelf of their store in Forsyth.
Dorn Wenninger, Walmart’s Vice President of Produce, said 1.6 million pounds of Lane’s peaches will go to their stores in Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina.
Lane Southern Orchards said all of their peaches are produced within 30 miles away from Peach, Crawford, Taylor, and Macon Counties.
Walmart says this is all part of focusing on putting more local produce into stores.
“It’s about value,” said Wenninger. “There is no more efficient means to get produce to a store when it is grown in that same community close to the store. So you’re saving in food miles, and that’s really important as the price of fuel goes up.”
According to Georgia extension service, Central Georgia produces 75 percent of our state’s crop. Georgia exports 130 million pounds of this fruit a year.