The United Fresh Produce Association has launched its 2015 Compensation Survey for the fresh produce industry. Data collected will be published in an expansive research report that will assist produce industry employers in understanding critical compensation benchmarks.
Conducted biannually since 2011, the survey process has been updated based on input from the United Fresh Finance & Business Management Council. It includes two new positions: Director of Social Responsibility and Accounting Manager. Further enhancements include expanded job descriptions and additional information on employee benefit practices.
This confidential survey, prepared by research firm Industry Insights, measures compensation and benefits from US- and Canadian-based produce companies. Results will be published later in spring 2015 in a detailed research report that will allow produce companies to directly compare salaries and benefits for full-time positions across multiple business sectors, as well as by ownership type (family, private, public), type of business, produce sales volume, number of full-time employees and geography.
“Our business is constantly faced with challenges and the need for good information,” said Scott Danner, president of Premier Produce and chairman of United’s Finance & Business Management Council. “The survey is a tremendous benefit for the industry. The ability to benchmark and analyze your company’s current pay and benefit structure against like companies is invaluable.”
The survey is now open at www.unitedfreshsurvey.com to any US- or Canadian-based produce industry employers including grower-shippers, brokers, wholesaler-distributors, importers, exporters, and fresh-cut processors. It will remain open until April 17, and the final research report will be available for purchase at United Fresh 2015, the association’s annual convention and expo, set for June 8-10 in Chicago.
There is no cost to participate in the survey. Companies that participate in submitting data for the survey are eligible to receive a fully customized report for their company at a discounted rate of $195. Non-survey participants can order a survey report for $495 for United Fresh members and $695 for non-members.
For more information on the survey, contact Dan Hilleary, United Fresh chief financial officer, at 202-303-3419.