( United Fresh )

With results expected in June, the United Fresh Produce Association has begun its 2019 Compensation Survey for the fresh produce industry. 

“We encourage all eligible produce companies to participate in this year’s survey,” Jason Pounds, treasurer/secretary for Hardie’s Fresh Foods, Dallas, Texas, and chairman of the United Fresh Finance and Business Management Council, said in a new release.  “The more data we have, the more robust and valuable this report will be in providing industry employers with reliable metrics to ensure they are offering competitive compensation.”  

The survey is open at www.unitedfreshsurvey.com to any U.S. or Canadian-based produce company until March 15, according to the release. The final research report will be available in June at the United Fresh convention in Chicago. 

Survey categories

The release said the survey, administered every two years by expert research firm Industry Insights, collects compensation and benefits data from produce companies for more than 30 full-time positions in the areas of:

  • Sales & Marketing; 
  • Production & Operations; 
  • Quality Control & Assurance;
  • Administration; 
  • Finance & Accounting; and  
  • Executives.

Data, according to the release, is reported by ownership type (family, private, public), type of business, produce sales volume; number of full-time employees; and geography. New for this year, the survey results will also be available in a secure and searchable online portal.

There is no cost to participate in the survey, the release said, and companies that submit data for the survey are eligible to receive a fully-customized report and portal access for their company for $195. Non-survey participants can order the final report and portal access for $495 for United Fresh members, and $695 for non-members, according to the release.