Industry Overview – Agribusiness/Food Processing

The Agriculture, Food, and Beverage Processing industry cluster includes establishments primarily engaged in growing crops, raising animals, and manufacturing food and beverages, as well as support activities for crop and animal production. This cluster employed almost 269,000 people in 2014, nearly 21.7 percent of the economic market's workforce. Top industries in this cluster include: Support Activities for Crop Production; Fruit and Tree Nut Farming; Cattle Ranching and Farming; Other Food Manufacturing; and Beverage Manufacturing. Examples of in demand entry-level and middle skills jobs include agriculture and food processing technicians, maintenance mechanics, quality control inspectors, farm machinery mechanics and bi-lingual supervisors. There is a very high degree of cross-over between value-added agriculture and advanced manufacturing.

Top Employers


Company Name Number of Employees County
Grimmway Enterprises 6,500 Kern
Giumarra Vineyards 4,000 Kern
Foster Farms 3,800 Merced
E&J Gallo Winery 3,300 Stanislaus
Foster Farms 2,500 Fresno
Bolthouse Farms 2,350 Kern
Seneca 2,300 Stanislaus
Sunview Vineyards 2,000 Kern
Ruiz Food Products 2,000 Tulare
Ruiz Food Products 1,900 Fresno

For Food Processor’s, Central California is the obvious choice with three of the nation’s top agricultural producing counties.