Food Manufacturing Salary Surveys

Are you curious about what others in this industry are making? Have you ever wondered how much on average your specific position makes? Well if you have, you are in luck. We have compiled a list of salary surveys from many different sources for your convenience.


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• 2017 IFT Employment and Salary Survey Report and Food Technology Magazine Insights Summary – **You must purchase or have a membership to view**
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The food manufacturing industry is highly competitive. If you come to find that you are making less than average in your position and would like to look for a new career path, contact The Performance Exchange today and one of our talented staff members can aid in placing you in a career tailored to your skill set and needs. Visit our website at or call us anytime at (727)518-6100 X1000.

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Top Five Food Trends for Spring 2018

Over the past few years, the food industry has seen a huge shift in flavor and ingredient trends. Foods and textures that once consumed the nation, deep-fried foods, sugary drinks, and salty snacks, are now deemed unhealthy and thus, avoided like the plague. With plant-protein based dishes, all-natural beverages, and locally-sourced snack foods on the rise, we can see that trends have definitely shifted to align with the nation’s health food craze. Here, we have compiled a short list of five upcoming flavor and ingredient trends we are predicting to see in the spring of 2018.

1. Cold Brew Coffee & Beyond!

Most Americans, about 83%, drink coffee every day. Last year we saw everything from rainbow lattes, unicorn Frappuccino’s, and glitter in our beloved cup of Joe, to cold brew, nitrogen infused coffee, and even coffee-inspired cocktails. With spring right around the corner, it is hard to imagine what else could be in store for the coffee world. Hot cold brew is becoming more popular, popping up in corner stores and larger chains alike. “Hot” cold brew may sound like an oxymoron, but the cold brew process actually uses cold water, rather than hot, to brew the coffee, which cuts down on the acidity to provide a smoother flavor, and is easier to make in larger quantities. Cold brew is also popular with those who are health conscious. People are adding nut and seed milk to their favorite beverage, as well as superfoods like chia, turmeric, protein powder, maca, and flax seeds. By making your coffee nutrient-dense, that little pick me up can really provide you with the extra boost you need to get through the day.

 2. Soups > Juice

Juicing is way past its prime. Juice cleanses are still a very popular fab, but results from studies are showing that while yes, cleansing is good, the juice cleanses can cause an unhealthy increase in blood sugar. So while you may be losing water weight, you are putting your body at risk for other potential health issues. “Souping” is proving to be the latest and greatest trend because it’s a quick and easy way to get a multitude of vegetables and vitamins into your system. A group of researchers took the same exact foods, put one portion on a plate, and then took the other portion and blended it with a hot liquid to create a soup. Those who were given the hot soup serving reported staying fuller for longer. This is because their stomachs emptied more slowly. So put down that juice, and go grab yourself a warm, comforting cup of soup.

3. Plant Proteins

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Panera Bread Eliminates 150 ‘Unacceptable Ingredients’

Earlier this month, Panera Bread Co. announced that they are removing 150 ingredients from its food offerings. On May 5 released a lengthy list of ingredients that will be removed from or will never appear in its menu items, claiming to be the first national restaurant chain to do so. The company also announced its own clean- label salad dressings. (more…)

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GMO Labeling Regulations 

In May of 2014, Vermont became the first state to require GMO labeling. Last week, reported that Vermont’s Attorney General Bill Sorrell had adopted regulations to require labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients statewide.

The new rules won’t go into effect until July of 2016, to give all concerned adequate time to comply. According to reports from the Associated Press, there have been months of public outreach and comments from producers, retailers and consumers, and after approval by the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules.

The GMO labeling movement has seen differing opinions across the nation from various groups since it began years ago. Last March, The USDA had a two-day summit on the GMO issue, and a House Committee on Agriculture hearing heard six witnesses speak about the futility of mandatory GMO labeling.

So far, legistlation seems to be maintaining parity in states that are addressing this issue. Alaska and Idaho are debating it now also. The public opinion is shifting and the industry is responding accordingly.

Last November, Colorado voters defeated a bill to require GMO labeling. At this stage, only three states – Connecticut, Maine and Vermont – have approved legislation that would require that genetically-modified foods be labelled. Similar efforts are under way in several other states. None yet have been put in effect.

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Food Manufacturing Jobs Forecast

Fierce competition has led food manufacturing plants to invest in technologically advanced machinery to become more productive. The new machines have been applied to tasks as varied as packaging, inspection, and inventory control, but the processing of animal products remains a labor-intensive activity that is resistant to automation efforts. As a result, employment will decrease for some machine operators, such as packaging and filling machine operators and tenders, while employment growth is expected for industrial engineers and industrial machinery mechanics, who are responsible for the design or repair and maintenance of new equipment.


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Strong 2015 Outlook for Food Manufacturers

According to Credit Suisse, the 159 year old Swiss finance giant, lower gas prices, industry changes and other factors should help the retail food sector in 2015.

Robert Moskow, an analyst with Credit Suisse, said the benefits of lower prices and an overall healthier economy will be more broadly enjoyed by all demographics in 2015.”

Moskow said that lower gas prices may not point to more sales for the packaged foods sector, based on 34 years of government data. He said when gas prices go down people eat out more often, and when gas prices rise, people tend to look for grocery savings.

“While not a game-changer for U.S. food,” he continued, “we believe that the stronger economic backdrop will improve fundamental performance in 2015, especially in relation to the unusually weak 2014.

“Lower gas prices, a positive adjustment in SNAP benefits, and the slow but continuous improvement in employment should help improve consumer confidence, especially among lower-income consumers who have yet to enjoy any of the benefits of the broader economic recovery,” Moskow said.

“Wal-Mart estimates that the SNAP cutbacks at the end of 2013 represented a 0.7% drag on its food sales in 2014, and lower gas prices are likely to boost U.S. disposable income by at least $80 billion. These factors aren’t game changers, but they certainly must come as a relief for manufacturers and consumers alike.”

Other trends in the food manufacturing sector include grocers seeking to expand private label and store brands to entice value-seeking shoppers. On the high-end, Moskow predicts more consumers transitioning to organic foods while they also demand more transparency in labeling and a move toward healthier nutrition.

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