The first year of ...
Hi, I am Marcella!
I've been working at Special Fruit since November 2019 and I find it fruitastic here!
From the first day a new world opened up for me, I already knew something about growing fruit and quite a few different species. But that was all on a small scale... Our own harvest of berries and vegetables is enough to cook with every day, but that is nothing compared to the fruits, varieties and numbers that pass by here!
As a backoffice employee, you soon come into contact with all products and you also get to know many new varieties. All those exotics with their strange names, Pitahaya, Papaya, Cherimoya, a bit sceptical in the beginning, but once you have tasted them you can't imagine doing without them in my orders! Long live those staff orders, that's an extra boost for me to keep up the healthy lifestyle.
All the knowledge I now have, I did not only obtain by reading product sheets and working with various suppliers or Navision, but also by taking a look in the warehouse. I am secretly very glad that I do not have to stand in the cold every day. That is really not my thing, brr.
Not to mention that all my fellow buyers are eager to tell you about their own products. After a few years at Special Fruit, I hope to be able to talk about 'my' product(s) with the same passion.
Not only do they talk about fruit, of course! I ended up in a very nice team where there is room to work independently, to bring in ideas, to ask for help (and offer it of course) and to laugh. The whole purchasing team is an enormously pleasant group to work with!
My start as a backoffice employee has given me a very good idea of the whole process and I got to know all the different aspects. After a year at Special Fruit, it's time for me to take a new direction. I will stay within the company and within the fine purchasing team. I get the space to learn and grow and I am well supported by Johan, the experienced professional, so that I can also become a crack in the trade. I blow a young wind but don't know everything yet, working together with the experienced buyers lifts me to a higher level. From 2021 onwards, I can therefore focus on one product, strawberries.
My first year was an excellent basis, but 2021 is an exciting year for me! I really want to get to the Junior Purchaser level this year.
It is amazing how quickly time flies, especially in the dynamic fruit sector. I'm really looking forward to what's in store for me at Special Fruit!