Are you willing to work hard but have fun too? Do you like meeting and working with a diverse group of people? We enjoy our work AND work hard. We are rewarded with opportunities to move ahead when we are ready. Because we are a local, family-owned business, we have a chance to get to know each other and the jobs that we do — a good fit for anyone willing to work hard to move up.
I was first hired as an Inside Sales Representative in 2002, with no produce background whatsoever. What I knew about sales, marketing, labor and information flow came from my retail experience in the meat department, but the skills were transferable. It’s all about working with the details — that’s what I love, and it is how the buying position came into play.
Initially, I began purchasing everyday floral and holiday floral items like Easter lilies and poinsettias. Then I was taught to cover shorts and would buy whatever General needed. My attention to details paid off. Finally, a Buyer position opened up. They gave me a chance when I told them “I think I can do this,” and I’ve been invested as a Buyer ever since. I love the compassionate family nature of General Produce. They allow me to feel at ease asking for what I need.
I first started at General Produce in 2013 as a Non-commercial C Driver. I didn’t expect to move up as a driver until I got my commercial license again, but I got noticed for my efficiency at getting my job done. I learned my routes quickly, and just 3 days into the job, I was able to run my routes on my own. Soon I was so fast I had time to do second deliveries on the same day.
Before I knew it, I was promoted to Driver Team Leader. I’m still running routes, but now I’m helping my driving team become more efficient as well. It feels good to know that what I can do helps the company. The guys I work with are great, so I have a fun time at General.
My first position here was as a Receiver in 1999. I was just nineteen and looking for the best opportunity since I’m the oldest in a big family. As the oldest, leadership always came naturally to me. General Produce has helped me foster that need to lead throughout my career.
After only 3 months on the receiving job, I jumped at the chance to move up: I got my commercial driving license and learned the computer system, I then became a Driver Trainer as well as a Team Leader. I was later picked to be trained to oversee the new computer routing system for all drivers and then promoted to Routing Supervisor and now to Assistant Operations Manager. Anyone can do everything if they try hard enough.
The produce industry is extremely challenging, but working in the distribution of healthy and organic foods over many years has always motivated me. I worked in the Organic Food industry in Pittsburg, PA and Eugene, OR before starting as a morning Receiver at General Produce in October 2005. Over time, I worked my way up to become the primary Organic Buyer for General Produce and Assistant General Manager of the Mount Shasta Branch.
I’m proud to work for General Produce because I feel like I’m contributing to a cause I care about. With the constant growth of Organics, I see changes, such as the use of less harmful pesticides and fewer fertilizers being released into the environment, leading to a healthier planet for future generations. The biggest reward working here is knowing that through hard work, I can make a difference every single day.
Life in General
Our employee events give us all a chance to come together for fun, food, connecting with each other and even taking time to focus on our health.
Free, onsite blood pressure checks are given as part of Blood Pressure Awareness Month.
Employees enjoyed giant cakes & many cupcakes in celebration of the company’s 80th Anniversary.
Employee “athletes” and family participate in the Walk to Cure Diabetes each year.
Our awesome Receivers are also awesome golfers at the Annual Friendship Golf Tournament.
Warm hearts and big appetites abound at the annual Winter Potluck for all staff.
Raffle, freshly blended smoothies and healthy tips are shared, with the help of Sutter Health.