Meat and poultry plants employ about a third of U.S. food and beverage manufacturing employees

Meat and poultry plants employ about a third of U.S. food and beverage manufacturing employees

In 2018, the U.S. food and beverage manufacturing sector employed more than 1.7 million people or just over 1 percent of all U.S. nonfarm employment. In thousands of food and beverage manufacturing plants located throughout the country, these employees were engaged in transforming raw agricultural materials into products for intermediate or final consumption. Meat and poultry plants employed the largest percentage of food and beverage manufacturing workers, followed by bakeries, and beverage plants.


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