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Hiring for Fruit Buyer Position

Earl’s Organic Produce is seeking a candidate for the position of Fruit Buyer.

Responsibilities

  • Procure highest quality commodities at a price that meets the needs of both our customer and vendors;
  • Work closely with Logistics Coordinator on inbound shipment logistics as needed;
  • Ensure effective inventory management and perform daily inventory to evaluate quality and condition of items purchased;
  • Research and identify highest quality sources of organic fruit commodities;
  • Closely monitor market conditions and emerging purchasing opportunities to evaluate buying opportunities for the company;
  • Negotiate competitive and mutually satisfactory prices with vendor-stakeholders
  • Execute multiple purchase orders throughout each workday;
  • Ensure sufficient inventory levels are maintained to satisfy customer orders, quality expectations, and promotional agreements;
  • Resolve any arrival issues that may come up in collaboration with the Quality Assurance Team;
  • Manage the quality and quantity of incoming product;
  • Manage shipment logistical arrangements as needed;
  • Communicate pertinent supply, quality and promotional information to internal team, including the Purchasing and Sales departments, in a timely and detailed manner, both verbally and in written forms;
  • Expand relationships with existing vendors and establish and maintain relationships with new vendors;
  • Research and identify new items and supply channels;
  • Partner with Sales on large volume deals;
  • Contribute to process improvement efforts;
  • Participate in team projects and activities;
  • Punctuality and regular and reliable attendance;
  • Perform other duties as assigned as directed.

 

Qualification Requirements

  • B.A./B.S., or equivalent work experience; 5 years hands-on fresh produce experience, preferably in quality control, retail merchandising, or purchasing role.
  • Proficiency with inventory database programs and basic desktop application software. Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite and Database software.
  • Excellent communication skills including reading, writing, and verbally communicating effectively and professionally with others business departments, customers, and vendors. Ability to handle difficult situations with a high level of professionalism.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Ability to work well in an entrepreneurial environment and a culture of experimentation where creativity can help achieve company goals.

 

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter, resume, and three references via email to HR@earlsorganic.com

Earl’s Organic Produce Buyer’s Notes Week of November 27th

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Earl’s Organic Produce Buyer’s Notes Week of November 13th

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Earl’s Organic Produce Buyer’s Notes Week of November 6th

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Earl’s Organic Produce Buyer’s Notes Week of October 23rd

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Earl’s Organic Produce Buyer’s Notes Week of October 16th

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Help Recover Together- North Bay Fire Relief Efforts

Our thoughts are with the countless people and businesses, including many of Earl’s customers, who have been affected by the devastating fires in the North Bay. We have had an incredible outpouring of support from our Growing Community during this challenging time.

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We are pleased to be partnering with the following organic growers to donate fresh organic produce to the Redwood Empire Food Bank in Santa Rosa. Additionally Earl’s is donating organic produce to the Ukiah Coop who in turn is delivering to local evacuation centers and feeding the firefighters. We recognize that the call for assistance is on-going and we will continue to donate as long as is needed.

ORGANIC GROWERS DONATING TO THE RELIEF FUND

  • Chelan Fresh- Chelan, Washington
  • Del Cabo- California
  • Organic Girl- Salinas, CA
  • Tutti Frutti- Lompoc, CA
  • Lakeside-Salinas, CA
  • Braga Family Farms-Soledad,CA
  • Calo-Bakersfield, CA
  • Bridges- Pacific Northwest
  • Doreva- Atwater, CA
  • Corbin Cash-Atwater, CA
  • Johnston Family Farms-Winters, CA
  • Jay Leaf- Salinas, CA
  • Wholesum Family Farms-Nogales, Mexico
  • Homegrown Organic Farms – Porterville, CA
  • Corona College Heights Orange & Lemon Association – Riverside, CA

If you are looking to help in the relief efforts here are a few organizations we recommend:

The Redwood Empire Food Bank in Santa Rosa is looking for volunteers, financial donations and ready-to-eat, non-perishable foods.

Oliver’s Market in Sonoma County has set up a customer matching program. In addition to a $10,000 initial contribution, they will match up to $25,000 additional dollars in customer contributions to the North Bay Fire Relief Fund.  Let your checker know at any Oliver’s location the amount they would like to contribute.  #sonomacountystrong

The San Francisco Giants have a special place in Earl’s heart. The Bay Area professional sports teams including the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland A’s, San Jose Earthquakes, San Francisco Giants, Oakland Raiders, San Jose Sharks and the Golden State Warriors have established a You Caring site for fans to donate.

Carrot Shortage Continues

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A message from Grimmway Farms

Dear Valued Customer,

I would like to give you an update with regard to the organic fresh carrot category (cellos, tables) for fall 2017.

This summer, Kern County experienced 68 days above 100 degree temperatures- over double the yearly average of 33 days.  Unseasonably warm summer days produced its share of challenges, but thankfully we were able to finish the season on time without the need to pro-rate orders.  As we transition to fall, however, we find ourselves facing another challenging time. Planting during a season of extreme heat has made it difficult to obtain normal stand counts, and above-average soil temperatures have essentially shut down carrot growth.

While we have been sampling product for weeks leading into the fall season, our organic fresh carrot crop has not progressed to meet our standards.  Currently, weather is optimal and we expect to gain tonnage and size, however we do not believe that we will have normal tonnage for at least 3-4 weeks.

Pro-rates will begin on October 16 for organic cell and table carrots and will continue until further notice- we expect this period to last four weeks.  Organic baby carrots will not be pro-rated at this time, however we do not have additional pounds available.

We planted on time with the correct acreage projected, however the weather has not cooperated with our carrots this summer. We truly appreciate the partnership we have shared with you over the years and will continue to closely monitor this situation to keep you informed.  Please feel free to contact your Earl’s sales representative for more information.

Thank you for your understanding.

Earl’s Organic Produce Buyer’s Notes Week of October 4th

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Seasonal Transition: Summer Into Fall

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