Nevada High School FFA members sold, mixed and delivered a record $21,439 of fruit, cheese, sausage and snacks to community customers. Feedback from customers was positive regarding quality and freshness.
"The FFA fruit is always good!" said Jill Litwiller of Ames.
The chapter also purchased bulk fruit and re-packaged it into specialized mixed boxes for variety preferences.
"I think the apples were the best I have ever tasted," said Patrick Sheets.
Customers could choose from 23 different fruit packages, 18 cheese and meats, and 10 different snack varieties. The chapter unloaded the product with the JD 480 forklift that Van Wall Implement donated last fall.
Top sellers included: first place, River Thompson at $1,165 in sales; Bailey Will in second place with $910 and Ashton Peterson, third, at $839 in sales. All students were provided with a lesson in basic product introduction and how to close a sale. FFA Advisor Kevin Cooper emphasized the importance of sales skills in many occupations. The wholesale product invoice totaled $13,547, so at the time of this release, profits will be $7,892. Money from this endeavor will be used to pay for the annual FFA banquet, career development contest, leadership conferences, FFA jackets and senior scholarships.