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2016 FaB Talent Survey

The survey was developed by FaB Wisconsin and conducted with MRA – The Management Association. For reach across Wisconsin, we also partnered with the Midwest Food Processors Association and the Wisconsin Brewers Guild. The survey was funded in-part by the Milwaukee 7 and The New North economic development organizations.
The survey's purpose is to qualify industry talent needs that can better inform FaB's, our partners', and the state's strategic efforts to ensure a pipeline of talent is developed and advanced to fill the needs of Wisconsin's growing food and beverage industry.
If your business hasn't already begun to feel a tightening of the talent/workforce pool, you will. Regardless of the size of your company, the demand for industry talent is about to become incredibly competitive. And it will remain so, with an imminent talent shortage facing the nation that is being compounded by a shift in career preferences. This survey's significance is amplified by the food safety training being required of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Certifications.

  1. Learn make-up of current workforce (education level, percent retiring)
  2. Identify types of positions that are in most demand
  3. Identify current industry specific training sources and preferred delivery options
  4. Identify support for training and development


Food and beverage companies defined as food, beverage, ingredients, packaging and equipment manufacturers, processors, food and beverage distributors, grocers and food service were invited to participate. The following companies completed our survey:
  • Aljan Packaging
  • American Foods Group
  • Asenzya
  • Baker's Quality Pizza Crusts
  • Belmark, Inc.
  • Butter Buds, Inc.
  • Campbell's Soup
  • CannedWater4kids
  • Central Standard Distillery
  • Chr. Hansen
  • City Lights Brewing Co.
  • Contract Comestibles
  • Create-A-Pack
  • Del Monte Foods
  • Denali Ingredients
  • Diana and Daughters
  • Door County Brewing Co.
  • East Shore Specialty Foods
  • Foremost Farms USA
  • Fred Usinger, Inc.
  • Fromm Family Foods
  • Galloway Co.
  • Good Foods Group
  • Gorilly Goods
  • Joseph Campione LLC
  • Jouzge
  • Kerry, Inc.
  • Klement's Sausage
  • Lakefront Brewery
  • Lakeside Foods
  • Maglio Companies
  • Masterson Foods
  • Mighty Fine Foods
  • Miller Baking Co.
  • Milwaukee Pretzel Co.
  • MobCraft Beer
  • Nikki's Cookies
  • Ocean Spray
  • O&H Danish Bakery
  • PAK Technologies
  • Palermo's Pizza
  • Salm Partners
  • Sargento
  • Schreiber Foods
  • Seda North America
  • Seneca Foods Corp.
  • Suzy's Cream Cheesecakes
  • The Anokye Food Co.
  • The Omanhene Cocoa Bean Co.
  • The Spice House
  • Troubadour Baking Co.
  • Wixon, Inc.
  • Z.T. Distribution

For questions about the survey and results, please contact Shelley Jurewicz, Executive Director of FaB, at, or by phone at 414.287.4143.
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