Grocery produce buyers typically negotiate and collaborate with produce suppliers on product promotions, advertisements, and pricing and serve as the primary contact between stores and direct suppliers. They may also identify and determine the best supplies of produce to ensure that quality is maintained at all times.
Grocery produce buyers may be responsible for managing inventory and service levels, as well as inspecting all incoming produce to the store and purchasing produce from local distributors. This allows stores to obtain the best prices and quality to sell within the companies chosen by the produce buyer. They may spend time walking through the warehouses of produce companies to inspect the condition of current produce and verify its quality, and it's also important that those in this position understand all food safety regulations set forth by the organization which employs them.
Many grocery produce buyers have at least five years of experience in procuring produce, and a bachelor's degree and more or less experience may be necessary depending on the employer. Prior experience in the natural food industry is also beneficial.
Produce Buyer (Grocery) Tasks
Identify suppliers, select merchandise and negotiate bills of sale for a business.
Inspect deliveries for shipping errors, improper handling, or quality issues.
Ensure that orders are delivered on time and at cost.
Resolve billing and shipping problems and provide information to suppliers.