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“When attracting new talent in the produce business,” says Tracey Lewin, vice president of sales and operations at the Allen Lund Company, LLC BB #:107465 in La Canada, CA, “experience is always best, when available.

“There can be an extremely long learning curve for an inexperienced person entering the world of produce and produce transportation, due to the unnumerable amount of details and unique qualities in the produce segment,” she says.

However, some characteristics needed in produce extend across all industries.

“Above all,” continues Lewin, “any new talent coming into the produce world must be able to perform under high pressure, recognize priority from moment to moment and act quickly, stay highly organized, and have excellent and efficient communication and organizational skills—and they must really love it to thrive.”

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