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Perceptions, People, and the Future of Labor for Food & Beverage Manufacturing

April 26, 2023
We’re talking with recruiter Denise Chludzinski about the challenges food & beverage companies are facing with finding and keeping employees – and what they can do to turn things around.

For most of 2023, this podcast has focused almost entirely on a single issue critical to the future of the food and beverage industry: the workforce. We’ve talked to and learned from experts across all facets of the industry on topics ranging from why there is a labor shortage to how to mentor or nurture the talent you already have.

On today's episode, we talked with Miller Resource Group's Denise Chludzinski about specific tasks and ideas companies can undertake to ensure they find and keep the best employees.

We kick off the episode talking about the perception problem food and beverage companies have among consumers and why that may be preventing future generations from considering careers in the ever-growing industry. Denise offers great ideas for how food and beverage companies can improve their public image, including how they can work with schools to explain and encourage jobs most snack-loving kids never knew existed.

We talk about the importance of connecting with consumers, especially when it comes to your reputation and how your company may be seen from the perspective of those job-searching younger generations.

We then pivot to talking about the jobs and roles that Denise is constantly hiring for as well as the skills most employers are looking for in their candidates. We also talk a lot about why companies are losing some of their most talented players and what they can do to fix that problem. We end the episode talking about what strategies and tactics manufacturers can employ to recruit and retain the best and the brightest in the industry.

Follow the episode by the timestamps below: 

Denise Chludzinski background 2:30

Why recruiting for food & beverage? 3:08

Food & beverage manufacturing’s difficulty in filling roles 5:09

Opportunities to market the industry better 8:49

Food & beverage manufacturing roles with the most hiring potential right now 11:38

Skill sets in high demand right now 13:24

Changing attitudes about hiring and being hired 15:48

How companies can make themselves more attractive to potential new hires 23:11

About the Author

Erin A. Hallstrom

Erin Hallstrom oversaw our digital content strategy for the Food Processing brand from 2008-2023. She is now the Associate Director of SEO Strategy for Endeavor Business Media, where she holds technical certifications in both website analytics and search engine optimization. Most recently, she was named the 2022 Marianne Dekker Mattera Award Winner

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