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High-Quality Products

More than 1,800 associates produce our ice cream, muffins, and the other fresh products we send to our stores.

When most people think of Publix, they think of our stores. But Publix is also a manufacturer, producing top-quality products our stores are proud to sell and our customers love to buy. No wonder our associates feel a great deal of pride when they see Publix-manufactured products in our stores.

Our Teams

Nearly 2,000 associates work in Florida and Georgia in four fresh foods operations, three dairy plants, two bakery plants, our deli kitchen, a printing services plant, manufacturing/supply purchasing, and corporate manufacturing.

Our four fresh foods operations are located in Lakeland, Florida; Deerfield Beach, Florida; Jacksonville, Florida; and Dacula, Georgia. Associates pack high-quality fruits and vegetables in convenient packages for our customers. The fresh foods facilities employ more than 250 associates, who produce approximately 80 million packages of product annually.

Our three dairy plants are located in Lakeland, Florida; Deerfield Beach, Florida; and Dacula, Georgia. More than 500 dairy plant associates process 100 million gallons of fresh milk a year. They also produce Publix brand ice cream, bottled water, iced teas, fruit drinks and juices, cultured products like yogurt and cottage cheese, and carbonated beverages.

Our two bakery plants are in Lakeland, Florida, and Atlanta, Georgia.

The Lakeland plant is Publix's oldest manufacturing facility, opening in 1972 with 27 associates. Today, the facility is about 225,000 square feet, and more than 400 Publix associates work there, producing a variety of delicious baked goods. Production lines include dry mix, frozen sweet goods, frozen rolls, frozen wire-cut cookies, icings, and fruit fillings. Ready-to-serve baked products—muffins, creme cakes, corn bread, and cupcakes—are processed here, too.

The Atlanta bakery plant—115,000 square feet—opened in 2004 and employs more than 100 associates who produce frozen pies and rolls that are ready to be baked in our stores.

Our deli kitchen in Lakeland, Florida, employs more than 400 associates who produce a variety of fully prepared meats and salads according to Publix’s demanding quality standards. These foods are designed to save time for customers when they are preparing meals. Our 200,000-square-foot facility makes it possible.

Printing services, located in Lakeland, Florida, handles more than 182,000 orders each year, including requests to print forms, labels, signs, and newsletters. This department also produces electronic files for Publix's weekly newspaper ads, engraves name badges for retail associates, and handles corporate photography needs.

Our manufacturing/supply purchasing department is involved in almost every aspect of Publix's operations. This team supports our manufacturing facilities, retail associates, and distribution centers by sourcing and negotiating price, terms, and delivery of raw materials, supplies, packaging, and equipment. The department also supports the corporate purchasing team with the supplier certification and negotiation of our many Publix brand products.

Our corporate manufacturing team supports the industrial engineering, accounting, logistics planning, and human resources functions in manufacturing.

Our Positions

Because of Publix's strong promote-from-within policy, the following entry-level positions in our production facilities are open to outside candidates.

There are times when semi-skilled and skilled positions in our production facilities are open to outside job seekers. These positions include the following:

In our support departments, the following positions are open to outside job seekers:

How to Apply

For Manufacturing positions, other than entry level, go to the Publix Jobs Center to begin searching our current openings. Click the appropriate link to view openings for Publix associates and non-associates. Click Search Openings and narrow your search by selecting Manufacturing from the Job Category list.

When you apply, your information will be sent directly to the appropriate hiring manager. If your skills and experience seem to match the qualifications of the position that interests you, Publix will contact you for an interview and possible customized testing for that position.

For entry level Manufacturing positions, please refer to the employment agency, Adecco. Go to and click "Apply Now" in the top right hand corner to load your resume. You may indicate that you would prefer to be assigned to Industrial and Manufacturing type positions with Publix Super Markets, Inc. After working at least 90 days as a temporary associate you may be eligible to apply for a full time position, if available.

Application Process Questions

Please call our Employment Office in Lakeland at (863) 688-7407, ext. 32504 or Atlanta at (770) 995-0073, ext. 2153.