produce associate resume example with 20+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
, , 100 Montgomery St. 10th Floor (555) 432-1000,

Enthusiastic Produce Clerk skilled in organizing merchandise and creating appealing product displays. Dedicated and driven to address challenges and develop creative solutions. Offering experience in customer-facing roles.

Efficient Produce Associate focused on maintaining clean, tidy and smooth department. Good multitasker adept at assisting customers, restocking merchandise and handling spills with little oversight. Over 8+ years of experience in fresh food sales. Adept at following health code standards for customer safety and monitoring cooler temperatures. Good presentation skills for both fruit and vegetables. Effective at moving older products by building special displays.

Strong stock management and merchandising skills. Proven in helping customers and multitasking in physically demanding environments. Highly experienced in fact-paced settings.

  • Merchandising Produce
  • Product Displays
  • Operating Hand Trucks
  • Sanitizing Procedures
  • Ordering Products
  • Skid Breakdown
  • Customer Service
  • Building Customer Relationships and Loyalty
  • Adaptable and Flexible
  • Product Knowledge
  • Store Policies and Procedures
  • Exceeding Customer Expectations
  • Safety and Cleanliness Standards
  • Ability to Lift 40 pounds
  • Deductive Reasoning
  • Flavor Optimization
  • Food Product Formulation
  • Flavor Data Profile Management
  • Prototype Development
  • Quality Assurance
  • Cost Optimization
  • Research and Data Analysis
  • Labeling Requirement Knowledge
  • Relationship Building
  • Reliable & Trustworthy
  • Microsoft Office
  • Team Management
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Critical Thinking
  • Basic Math
01/2020 to Current Produce Associate Spartannash | Bismarck, ND,
  • Greeted customers and provided immediate and courteous service.
  • Restocked produce and removed expired or damaged merchandise.
  • Cleaned shelves and restocked with new inventory when products stock ran low.
  • Followed company guidelines for cleaning and sanitizing work surfaces and equipment.
  • Prepared products by adding tags and readying pallets for restocking.
02/2020 to 01/2022 Dairy Associate Wegmans Food Markets | Woodbridge, NJ,
  • Greeted customers and provided immediate and courteous service.
  • Restocked produce and removed expired or damaged merchandise.
  • Cleaned shelves and restocked with new inventory when products stock ran low.
  • Followed company guidelines for cleaning and sanitizing work surfaces and equipment.
  • Prepared products by adding tags and readying pallets for restocking.
  • Examined grocery products to immediately remove from stock expired or spoiled items, adhering to "first in, first out" rule.
  • Monitored work environment to maintain safety, cleanliness and organization.
  • Received and unloaded new products upon delivery, checking for damage and order accuracy.
  • Checked prices and located products for customers.
  • Assisted customers with product, promotion and policy information.
  • Operated balers, power jacks and slicing machines.
  • Rotated dairy inventory during restocking, checking expiration dates and placing items nearing expiration at front of shelves to prevent loss of inventory.
  • Received dairy shipments and unloaded inventory into appropriate freezers, fridges and other storage locations, assisting management with inventory record keeping.
  • Maintained proper organization of shelves during stocking, throughout shift and at store close to return misplaced merchandise to proper display locations.
  • Greeted customers and assisted with locating products in store, establishing friendly and helpful relationships to achieve seamless shopping experience.
  • Interacted with associates in other departments to take over assisting customers with dairy needs.
  • Followed standard operating procedures for regularly checking expiration dates and inventory levels on merchandise, notifying supervisors of inventory needing disposal or reordering.
  • Swept and mopped floors at store closing and in response to product spills and other accidents potentially contaminating department and posing risk to consumer health.
  • Observed company required safe workplace guidelines and OSHA regulations in stocking and maintaining merchandise.
  • Practiced good company representation procedures, interacting with customers with friendly and professional demeanor to build customer loyalty.
  • Attended company training programs to understand and implement safe food storage procedures and standard sanitary requirements.
  • Completed company training on use of standard inventory software, register operation and department maintenance procedures.
  • Pulled out of date products from shelves and cases, disposing of items in proper bins.
  • Addressed customer questions and explained key information about newly stocked dairy offerings.
  • Confirmed pricing accuracy and checked all department signage, maintaining correct sale prices
  • Monitored and arranged store shelves according to stock tags.
  • Gathered and prepared store displays and promotional material.
  • Assisted with unloading merchandise and unpacking cartons.
  • Tracked inventory, handled store merchandise and removed out of code products.
07/2013 to 02/2020 Deli Associate Kroger | Vancouver, WA,
  • Maintained work areas to reduce potential for illness or injury.
  • Stayed calm and professional in situations and resolved conflicts to customer satisfaction.
  • Sanitized and kept work areas tidy by cleaning surfaces, equipment and floors, removing trash and maintaining machinery.
  • Answered telephone inquiries about available menu items, products and services and delivered appropriate information so customers could make valid choices.
  • Received new inventory and rotated stock by dates to keep items fresh and usable.
  • Cleaned utensils, dishes and glasses for customer use.
  • Closely adhered to food safety and sanitation procedures established by company and regulatory agencies.
  • Organized ingredients and restocked supplies to prepare for busy periods.
  • Assessed customer needs, evaluated food allergies and suggested additional menu items as appropriate.
  • Acquired new skills to support team and further accommodate customer needs.
  • Worked with customers placing large or specialized orders, providing samples and recommendations and responding to requests.
  • Completed orders by slicing, weighing, packaging and pricing meats and cheeses.
  • Stored perishable food items in freezer or refrigerator to protect from spoilage.
  • Followed recipes and customer requests to prepare meals.
  • Distributed new item samples to customers to provide opportunities for individuals to try products before purchase.
  • Communicated effectively with deli counter customers to answer questions and make recommendations.
  • Updated food displays, cases and other customer-facing areas to increase sales of special items.
  • Checked and recorded refrigerator and freezer temperatures to maintain food quality and freshness.
  • Used mental math and available tools to total materials needed, costs and payments due.
  • Created aesthetically pleasing food arrangements for special orders and party trays.
  • Documented and entered special orders for event catering and party trays.
06/1998 to 08/2011 Product Development Chef Cargill | City, STATE,
  • Supervised food stylist during photo shoots to safeguard recipe accuracy and visual standards in photography.
  • Oversaw availability and procurement of supply, ingredients and raw materials used to produce new products.
  • Planned and executed projects by identifying objectives, estimating costs and prioritizing.
  • Led culinary development and execution for catering events, product showings and focus groups.
  • Gathered raw materials and equipment to reach defined production schedules with minimal downtime.
  • Guided test kitchen staff by sourcing and managing raw material inventory.
  • Directed conception , development and commercialization through formulation, revisions and determining guidelines for scaling up and mass production.
  • Monitored execution of product development through each stage gate to meet established consumer benchmarks for appearance, taste and nutritional value.
  • Assisted with ingredient sourcing, department audits and inventory management.
  • Revised and reformulated existing products to boost nutrition, optimize costs and manage clean label production standards.
  • Controlled operations and daily activities for adequate resource coverage, productivity, quality and safety.
  • Delivered culinary guidance to oversee full product development.
  • Developed and maintained records documenting research and development activities, recipe formulation and yield data.
  • Conducted quality control procedures from raw material stage to finished product.
  • Maintained adherence to labeling and packaging requirements.
  • Performed internal audits of factory systems and protocols.
  • Maintained accurate records for trials being performed.
  • Evaluated cooking and packaging processes to improve final products for consumers.
  • Examined microbiological, physical and chemical properties of food and ingredients to determine nutritional value.
  • Assisted with development and implementation of new quality monitoring protocols.
  • Prepared trial samples of products for microbiological shelf-life testing and organoleptic assessment.
  • Analyzed raw materials and manufacturing costs to set product pricing for profitability.
  • Solved process compliance issues with operations teams.
  • Coordinated research and development plan to generate creative food products for various markets.
  • Presented new and improved flavors and enhancements to existing client product lines.
  • Collaborated with marketing team to create strategic direction with new products for future pipeline.
  • Aided in client cost reduction by implementing new product improvements.
  • Updated customer product and internal manufacturing specifications on internet-based systems.
  • Created innovative additions to client product lines.
Education and Training
Expected in 2008 to to Food Science Product Development Certification | Food Manufacturing Rutger University, New Jersey, GPA:
Expected in 05/2007 to to Certification | Food Manufacturing Mississippi State, Food Science Product Development, GPA:
Expected in 06/1983 to to High School Diploma | North Miami Beach Senior High School, North Miami Beach, FL, GPA:

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School Attended

  • Rutger University
  • Mississippi State
  • North Miami Beach Senior High School

Job Titles Held:

  • Produce Associate
  • Dairy Associate
  • Deli Associate
  • Product Development Chef


  • Food Science Product Development Certification
  • Certification
  • High School Diploma

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