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How to combat the workforce crisis

ProFood World has rounded up some creative recruitment and retention strategies to help manufacturers find the skilled talent they need to operate their advanced plants.

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As the skilled labor pool shrinks and more positions go unfilled, manufacturers are using out-of-the-box recruiting and retention strategies.

The good news: Food and beverage manufacturing is booming. The bad news: A lack of skilled workers is threatening the industry. According to the 2018 skills gap and workforce study from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute, about 2.4 million manufacturing jobs will go unfilled between 2018 and 2028. The workforce crisis is putting pressure on manufacturers as they struggle to find the talent needed to operate their plants and meet increased production demands from consumers. What’s a manufacturer to do? From implementing digital technologies that narrows the skills gap to overcoming the negative perception of manufacturing with younger workers to dealing with the wave of baby boomers heading for retirement, ProFood World has rounded up some of the best recruitment and retention strategies to stay competitive in a changing workforce landscape.


  1. Tackling the labor shortage
  2. Training Today’s Workforce to Fill the Skills Gap
  3. Bridging the skills gap with tech tools 
  4. Closing the skills gap
  5. Survey reveals millennials misconceptions of the manufacturing industry
  6. Maximizing the Digital Manufacturing Workforce
  7. Digital Transformation Helps Ease Workforce Issues
  8. The thinning of manufacturing
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