Bonuses a Major Part of Produce Executive Compensation Says United Foundation Survey
New Report Measures Compensation in Thirty Job Functions and Multiple Produce Industry Segments NationwideWASHINGTON, D.C. – Bonuses account, on average, for 30 percent of C-suite executive (CEO, COO, CFO) compensation, according to a new survey of produce industry compensation and benefits released today by the United Fresh Foundation, through its Center for Leadership Excellence. The confidential survey of 119 produce industry companies measures employee compensation and benefit data for a wide range of full-time positions including sales and marketing, production and operations, quality control and assurance, administration, finance and accounting, and executives. The survey was open to U.S.-based produce industry employers including grower-shippers, brokers, wholesaler-distributors, importers, exporters and fresh-cut processors. “This new report offers compensation data from multiple market segments across the nation,” said United Fresh Senior Vice President of Member Services Victoria Backer. “This is a terrific yardstick by which produce companies can gauge their salary and benefit levels to ensure their competitiveness within the industry, increase profitability, and not only attract new talent, but also retain the valuable employees already on the team,” said United Fresh Senior Vice President of Member Services Victoria Backer. United’s compensation survey shows detailed salary and benefits information on companies, sorted by ownership type, type of business, produce sales volume, number of full-time employees and geography. The survey represents a wide range of the industry with regard to company size, with 32 percent of responses coming from companies with between 100 and 499 full time employees, and almost 17 percent coming from companies with fewer than 20 full time employees. Also represented is a large range of sales volumes, including 30 percent of responses from companies doing more than $100 million in annual volume, and 22 percent from companies doing less than $15 million in sales annually Additional information in the compensation report includes:
- Adjustments to salary structure during the current fiscal year and anticipated adjustments for the coming year
- Basic healthcare plans provided by companies
- Retirement plans offered by companies
###Founded in 1998, the United Fresh Produce Association Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization committed to meeting the public’s needs for an abundant supply of healthy, safe and affordable fresh fruits and vegetables. The Foundation is dedicated to increasing the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables to children as a critical step in combating childhood obesity and launching a lifetime of healthy choices. To assist industry members in meeting these goals, the Foundation offers educational programs, leadership development, public outreach, and industry training through four different Centers -- Center for Leadership Excellence, Center for Nutrition and Health, Center for Food Safety and Quality, and Center for Global Produce Sustainability. For more information, visit www.unitedfresh.org or call 202-303-3400.