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Quality & Food Safety Auditor - Wilmington, DE



Full-Time - Wilmington, DE, United States

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Position Overview

  • Responsible for conducting a regular set of quality inspections to the fruit at arrival to our Chiquita DC and/or customers around the Northeast Coast.  
  • Responsible as well for conducting regular set of quality inspections at retail by visiting retail and wholesale grocery stores. 
  • The purpose of these inspections is to provide immediate feedback to the Quality and Sales Department, as well as others in the Supply Chain regarding fruit quality and its condition.  This will allow for immediate corrective action where necessary and to avoid customer issues by making decisions about the product.
  • As well, these inspections bring the right opportunity to educate our customers & consumers about our fruit, its requirements and condition.  How to recognize defects & determine how serious they are, and lastly, how to perform inspections on the fruit.
  • Responsible for accuracy of statistical data collected and communicated and for periodically calibrating with other Quality auditors/coordinators/inspectors to ensure accuracy of inspections. 


  • Check all fruit arrivals and measure the freshness, firmness, size and count, general appearance and any other pertinent comments regarding quality and condition.  Quality Auditor must grade every fruit lot about quality/condition and determinate process to follow, reject or reroute the fruit.   The Quality Auditor will provide direction to send the fruit to the right customer.
  • Visit main pineapple customers in a weekly basis, not only to perform quality evaluations, but as well to understand what needs to be improved when complaints & rejections occur.  The Quality Auditor will report findings & provide recommendations to the process.
  • Prepare quality reports to communicate to Chiquita team the results of inspections.
  • Prepare as well reports of Post Season reviews, especially from countries like Mexico and Panama where the fruit availability is not year round.  Costa Rica is all year round.
  • Coordinate & supervise the calibration process for all pineapple inspectors in the US.  This process is done twice a year.
  • Serve as a liaison, support & facilitator between NA Quality and the local operations (Port & DCs)


  • Bachelor or higher degree desired.
  • Minimum 4 years in fruit/vegetable quality control experience preferred.

Special Skills and Abilities Required

  • Organized, good planning skills, able to work with little supervision.
  • Computer savvy with expertise in  MS Office, Internet & Outlook environment.  Kirkey software is not required but will be a plus.
  • Certain experience in inventory management & systems required.

Language Skills Required

  • English.  Spanish not required but will be a plus.

About Chiquita Brands International

Chiquita Brands International, Inc. (NYSE: CQB) is a leading international marketer and distributor of high-quality fresh and value-added food products - from energy-rich bananas and other fruits to nutritious blends of convenient green salads. The company markets its healthy, fresh products under the Chiquita(R) and Fresh Express(R) premium brands and other related trademarks. With annual revenues of more than $3 billion, Chiquita employs more than 21,000 people and has operations in nearly 70 countries worldwide. For more information, please visit

In the United States, Chiquita Brands International, Inc. requires that applicants provide authorization and consent to a background check and a drug screen to continue in the selection process. All employment offers are contingent on meeting our background check standards and successful passing of required drug test. If hired, you will be required to provide documentation indicating your legal right to work in the U.S which may be verified through Chiquita's participation in the E-Verify program.

As an Equal Opportunity employer, Chiquita Brands International and its subsidiaries provide an environment that promotes individual recognition and achievement. We recruit, hire, train, compensate and promote associates without regard to race, sex, color, religion, age, national origin, disability or veteran's status.

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