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Save Mart Supermarkets and Super Store Industries (SSI) tomorrow will host 14 student participants of the Project Uplift community and school-based mentoring and education program for a full day of insight into the career opportunities and business basics of food manufacturing, product distribution and retail operations.
Project Uplift (Utilizing Positive Leaders to Inspire Future Talent) is supported by Commonwealth, a group of community-minded leaders in Modesto, Calif. whose mission is to actively engage in improving their community through volunteerism, particularly with local youth.
The daylong program will allow the students to gain a broad view of the grocery industry and explore career opportunities in some of the industry's many arenas. Project Uplift students will tour the SSI dairy plant in Turlock, Calif., the FoodMaxx store and division office in Turlock, and the SSI distribution center in Lathrop, Calif.
The SSI dairy plant tour will provide an overview of manufacturing operations, including receiving, plant maintenance, product pasteurization, quality control and packaging. The visit to the FoodMaxx store and division office will highlight retail merchandising and operations in multiple departments such as produce, meat, bakery, center store and front end. The tour of the SSI distribution center will expose the students to warehouse operations: receiving, warehousing and shipping.
Modesto, Calif.-based Save Mart operates nearly 250 stores throughout Northern California and Northern Nevada under the Save Mart, S-Mart Foods, Lucky, and FoodMaxx banners.