United Fresh Publishes 2021 Produce Industry Compensation & Benefits Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. – United Fresh Produce Association has published the sixth edition of its Produce Industry Compensation & Benefits Report, an expansive research resource that assists produce industry employers in understanding critical compensation benchmarks.

Developed with input from the United Fresh Finance & Business Management Council, the report includes compensation and benefits data from fresh produce companies for more than 30 full-time positions in the areas of: Sales & Marketing; Production/Operations; Food Safety & Quality; Administrative; Finance & Accounting; and Executives. The survey informing the report was open to any U.S. or Canadian-based produce employer, including grower-shippers, brokers, wholesaler-distributors, importers, exporters, and fresh-cut processors.

For 2021, the report also includes a section of pandemic-related data covering a variety of topics including changes in compensation, staffing, company policies, and more.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many businesses of all sizes throughout the fresh produce industry to readdress how they manage and compensate their workforce,” said United Fresh’s Finance & Business Management Council Chairman Mike McGee, Vice President, Finance, L&M Companies. “It has never been more critical to utilize data for informed decisions on effective hiring, compensation, and operations.”

Again this year, all companies who purchase the report will have access to a secure and searchable online portal, which will allow users to drill deeper into the data and better tailor criteria to match individual corporate needs. Data is reported by ownership type (family, private, public); type of business; produce sales volume; number of full-time employees; and geography. Custom reports can then be downloaded as an Excel or a PDF document. Data from the report originated from a survey administered by expert research firm Industry Insights.

Companies that submitted data for the survey are eligible to receive a fully customized report and portal access for their company at the special rate of $195. Non-survey participants can order the final report and portal access for $495 for United Fresh members, and $695 for non-members on the United Fresh Website. For questions, contact Miriam Wolk, United Fresh’s Vice President of Member Services at mwolk@unitedfresh.org or 202-303-3410.


About United Fresh Produce Association

Founded in 1904, the United Fresh Produce Association brings together companies across every segment of the fresh produce supply chain, including growers, shippers, fresh cut processors, wholesalers, distributors, retailers, foodservice operators, industry suppliers and allied associations. We empower industry leaders to shape sound government policy. We deliver the resources and expertise companies need to succeed in managing complex business and technical issues. We provide the training and development individuals need to advance their careers in produce. Through these endeavors, we unite our industry with a common purpose – to build long-term value for our members and grow produce consumption.