Recruitment and Workforce Solutions for the Global Food and Beverage Industry

Specialists in staffing and mobility for manufacturing

Building talent pipelines in the food and beverage industry

The food and beverage industry is big business.

In Europe alone, food and beverage manufacturers turned over €1,100 billion in 2018, while the global market is expected to be valued at more than $9,400 billion by 2022.

However, those same companies are at a crossroads due to global trends that are accelerating change in the industry. Much like food retailers, caterers and restaurateurs, today’s food and beverage manufacturers need to be able to respond fast to the global challenges posed to the food and beverages market.

For one thing, consumers are starting to look for ethical and alternative options when purchasing food and drink, and are looking to their favourite brands to be at the forefront of this change. More than half (53%) of consumers in the US now believe plant-based foods are better for the environment than animal products, for example, while the same proportion of Chinese parents to under-12s would buy food or drink if it was good for their intellectual development.

Food and beverage manufacturers - plus equipment and packaging companies - are therefore under pressure to change manufacturing methods, reduce plastics, provide meat-free alternatives, provide more sustainable produce and more.

The solution? Companies need to find the best talent and build the best teams throughout their business to accelerate research, roll out new recipes and manufacturing and packaging technologies, and meet many other challenges.

And finding that talent may be the biggest challenge of all.

Employment struggles give food for thought

Trends in food consumption patterns, combined with global geopolitical trends, are currently causing large-scale skills shortages for food and beverage manufacturers the world over.

Companies in the UK report they are seeing EU nationals return home in high volumes due to Brexit, and the food production and manufacturing industries are under pressure to up-skill in digital technologies and automation. By 2030, farming and food production will have been transformed by robotic workers and digital logistics systems. 

That means food producers and manufacturers will need to source more skilled and digitally-savvy staff, including engineers and scientists, who may be hard to find due to global shortages in engineering and STEM roles.

Altogether, food and beverage manufacturers the world over need access to the best talent to engage with new consumer trends, transform their business model and stay ahead of the competition.

But with skills shortages reported across every technical industry, where do they find that talent to grow and evolve their business?

How Airswift helps solve food and beverage recruitment challenges

Airswift has provided global workforce solutions to our clients within the energy, process and infrastructure industries for more than 40 years. We support 9,000 contractors from across 70 nations, and have over 800 administrative staff providing workforce solutions across 60 international locations.

That wealth of experience also extends to the food and beverage industry. Airswift currently supplies workforce solutions to food and beverage companies including:

  • Baking Companies
  • Beverage Companies
  • Confectionery Companies
  • Dairy Companies
  • Frozen Food Companies
  • Gourmet Food Companies
  • Ingredient Companies
  • Meat, Poultry and Seafood Companies
  • Natural and Organic Food Companies
  • Snack Food Companies
  • Packaging, Packaging Equipment and Food Equipment Companies

Our recruitment experts in the food and beverage sector also specialise in providing solutions to specific departments, including:

  • Continuous Improvement
  • Engineering
  • Executive Positions
  • Human Resources
  • Maintenance
  • Manufacturing
  • Quality, Food Safety and Sanitation
  • Research and Development
  • Sales
  • Supply Managers

We have 60 interconnected recruitment offices in multiple global regions including Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the CIS region, North and Latin America, which are supported by our super hubs in Houston, Manchester and Singapore.

Airswift has a 96% contractor satisfaction rate thanks to our ability to combine speed, mobility, agility and other skills to ensure you’ll always get access to the best food and beverage candidates possible, wherever you are.

Are you a hiring manager looking for the best in food and beverage talent?

Talk to Airswift about your staffing and project requirements

What we do

We partner with construction companies to provide the following services:

  • Talent Acquisition: Airswift are experts in sourcing potential staff, recruitment, onboarding, contractor management and more. We partner with hiring managers and HR departments to provide them with contract hire, direct hire, engaged search and other talent acquisition solutions.
  • Global Mobility: Need to move existing staff from one country to another for a specific project? Airswift is experienced in global immigration, relocation and employment outsourcing services.
  • Executive and Board Search: Through our Ducatus Partners advisory firm, Airswift will help your construction company find leadership candidates with fresh ideas to drive your business forward.
  • Consulting: The construction talent landscape is constantly changing, and having access to key industry data can keep you one step ahead. Airswift’s consultants can provide you with talent mapping services and other hiring intelligence to help you build your own effective construction recruitment strategies.
  • Managed Solutions: Whether you need Managed Service Provision (MSP) or Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO), Airswift can help you lift the burden of construction recruitment and workforce solutions from your HR department.
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