Asda has today announced it is appointing 150 specialist in-store Greengrocers in stores across the UK as part of a £9m investment to increase the choice and quality of fresh fruit and vegetables available in store.
The new Greengrocer roles, which are expected to be filled by a combination of existing colleagues and new hires, are being appointed exclusively to focus on Asda’s fresh produce offer in store. They will be based on the shop floor and will have responsibility for quality standards, product availability and presentation of the produce area, as well as being on hand to support customers when required.
Each new Greengrocer will receive specialist training in all aspects of Asda’s fresh produce operation, ranging from how and where fruit and vegetables are grown to the optimum conditions in which products should be stores and displayed to maintain freshness and quality.
In addition to the new recruits, Asda is also investing to offer customers a greater choice of premium fruit and vegetables from its Extra Special tier and in new fixtures and fittings to improve the presentation and layout of its fresh produce section.
Mike Snell, Managing Director of Asda’s fresh produce division, IPL, said: “The fresh produce section is one of the most popular locations in our stores and more than half of our best-selling lines by volume are generated from this area. We know how proud our colleagues are about product quality and store standards and we are making this investment to enhance the experience our customers receive when shopping for fresh fruit and vegetables.”
This investment will initially cover 150 stores across the UK from October.