Snake River Produce Company, LLC specializes in providing Spanish Sweet onions of superior quality in a variety of packaging and sizes. Located in Nyssa, Oregon Snake River Produce ships red, white, and yellow onions from August until April.
Snake River Produce Company, LLC is a packer and shipper of dry bulb onions, specializing in providing Spanish Sweet onions of superior quality in a variety of packaging and sizes. Located in Nyssa, Oregon Snake River Produce ships red, white, and yellow onions from August until April.
We are now seeking an experienced Grower Relations Manager who will be based in Nyssa, Oregon.
Pay: $30,000+ DOE
Submit application, resume, and three references to Snake River Produce Co., LLC no later than May 4, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Position is open until filled. Mailing address: PO Box 1727, Nyssa, OR 97913 / Physical address: One Bower Ave., Nyssa, OR 97913 (Monday – Thursday) / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Responsibilities & Duties:
Specific Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to the following:
• Facilitate new and existing grower relationships to meet supply chain volume requirements.
• Identify new growers in Western Idaho and Eastern Oregon to partner with Snake River Produce for acquisitions of onions.
• Perform ongoing grower performance analysis and apply results to business decisions.
• Manage the process related to working with growers to estimate volume and sizing; assist in forecasting and planning.
• Collaborate with Sales and Management Team to forecast volume needs, harvest, and packing timing.
• Schedule harvesting and receiving of onions at multiple locations and with many growers.
• Track and communicate inventory levels and produce quality at packing shed and storage facilities, while supplying packing shed with product to meet sales demands.
• Proactively communicate with growers to facilitate compliance requirements for supplier approval and food safety.
• Support current and new grower relationships by performing grower food safety trainings and coordinating grower audits
• Monitor and verify activities to ensure all products coming in/out of facility meet food safety and quality standards
• Assist sales staff with training and educating potential suppliers and growers to ensure compliance.
• Work closely with managerial team on any food safety or quality assurance issues.
• Oversee proper maintenance and sanitation of all facility to comply with food and employee safety requirements
• Ensure that all company food safety and quality assurance procedures are followed and documented correctly at all times.
• Preferred 2-3 years grower relations experience
• Able to effectively negotiate contracts
• Familiarity with onion growing/harvesting practices, seed varieties, irrigation practices, and pest/weed management.
• Preferred knowledge of Good Manufacturing Processes, and Good Agricultural Processes
• Previous experience with SQF, GFSI, Primus, BRC, and/or USDA audits desirable
• Solid understanding of agriculture, harvest, and warehouse activities
• Must be able to travel as required to various growing operations in the Treasure Valley and occasionally out of state to trainings or conferences
• Bilingual English/Spanish preferred
• Able to work unsupervised and manage independently with attention to detail and deadlines
• Have strong communication skills and proficiency in English reading and writing
• Must have some flexibility with work hours and days, weekends and long hours during harvest – typically August-October.
Preferred computer skills, including MS Office and Excel, forklift driving experience, and some mechanical knowledge ideal. Required to have robust organizational and multi-tasking skills, with ability to work under pressure and remain flexible while managing several teams at various locations.
Suzanne Takasugi was raised in Clayton, a small farming community in Western Wisconsin. At a very young age, she began helping in the family hardware and farm store – stocking shelves, assisting customers, and keeping the books.
Suzanne attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where she obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration: Marketing Degree with a Minor in Accounting. She graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors and was a member of Alpha Lambda Delta – Academic Honor Society, Phi Beta Lambda – Business Society, and the American Marketing Association. While working on her education, Suzanne also worked for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire as a Student Assistant and Paraprofessional.
After graduation, Suzanne moved to St. Paul, Minnesota where she worked for the Waldorf Corporation as an Estimator/Assistant Scheduler and Customer Service Representative from 1986-1992.
While on vacation in the Carribean, Suzanne met Patrick Takasugi. They were married and Suzanne moved to Wilder, Idaho to take over the farm office management for Takasugi Seed Farms. Suzanne and Pat have three children – Taylor, Cole, and Paige. Taylor is studying Bio-Chemistry at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Cole and Paige are attending Bishop Kelly High School.
Since moving to Idaho, Suzanne has been very involved in the community – working on the Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council Board of Directors; Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church Transition Team Member; and the Canyon County Farm Bureau Board of Directors. She has also been active in the local schools as an Art Mom, Classroom Assistant, and Home Economics Instructor. During that time, she has also completed the Farm Management Program at Boise State University.
Following Pat’s passing in 2011, Suzanne took over his role and interest in Snake River Produce Company, LLC. and continues to manage the farm in Wilder and Homedale, Idaho.
Idaho-E. Oregon Onion Committee (USA Onions) Supports a “Healthy Lifestyle” in the Onion Country Community
Our very own Tiffany Cruickshank and Snake River Produce were involved in bringing the St. Alphonsus Mobile Mammogram Unit to Nyssa. Check out more details in the official press release below!
In December, Idaho-E. Oregon Onion Committee (USA Onions) Shippers worked with a Boise, Idaho based hospital, St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, to bring their mobile mammogram unit to various onion packing sheds in Idaho and Eastern Oregon. The mobile mammogram unit spent a half day at each shed and provided mammogram services to shed employees and members of the community.
USA Onions Marketing Director, Sherise Jones remarked, “Participating in programs of this nature supports the Promotion Committee efforts to encourage a “healthy lifestyle”, which is a message that is reflected in many of the Committee’s promotion campaign efforts.” “This includes the current grilling campaign platform with Weber-Stephens Products LLC that focuses on healthy recipes that incorporate USA Onions and grilling techniques”, Ms. Jones added. “The Committee is always pleased to see shipper members take action to contribute to our community’s health and well-being. Bringing the mobile mammogram unit to members of the onion industry is certainly a positive step in a “healthy” direction.”
According to Tiffany Cruickshank, IEOOC Promotion Committee Member, and a USA Onions Shipper, “When Tamara Bybee, another USA Onions Shipper reached out to me with the idea of bringing the St. Alphonsus Mobile Mammogram Unit to our facilities, I was immediately on board. We have all been impacted by breast cancer in one way or another and mammograms are vital to early detection which can save lives. We all know the process is generally not convenient, nor is it fun – but by bringing the Mobile Mammogram Unit to our employees, we eliminate those barriers and provide breast health services in our local community. I cannot stress enough the ease of working with the Mobile Mammography Unit – from the setup, to their arrival, and completion of the on-site mammograms, the process was smooth and simple and our facility is excited to have them back again next year!”
The Saint Alphonsus Mobile Health Screening Coach is a 40-foot long mobile unit that travels to numerous sites throughout the region providing the same high quality health screening services that you get from Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho.
The Mobile Health Screening Coach travels to southwestern Idaho, eastern Oregon and northern Nevada and is used primarily to provide screening mammography services. Saint Alphonsus provided over 3,000 women with mammograms last year.
Onion Chip Nachos
4 C. Cornmeal
1 C. 160 degree water
1 C. flour
½ C. cornstarch
Super Colossal Yellow IEO Onion
extra flour as needed
your favorite nacho toppings
Whisk hot water into cornmeal. Whisk in eggs, flour and cornstarch for batter. At service cut ½ Super Colossal onion into triangles. Toss onion sections in flour and coat with batter. Fry at 375 degrees for about 3 minutes. Drain oil and transfer chips to heatproof platter. Top with cheese and various nacho toppings. Bake until cheese melts. Enjoy!