The United Fresh Produce Association has launched its 2017 Compensation Survey for the fresh produce industry. Data collected will be published in an expansive research report that will assist produce industry employers in understanding critical compensation benchmarks.

This survey collects compensation and benefits data from produce companies for more than 30 full-time positions in these areas: Sales & Marketing; Production & Operations; Quality Control & Assurance; Administration; Finance & Accounting; and Executives. The survey is open to any US- or Canadian-based produce employer, including grower-shippers, brokers, wholesaler-distributors, importers, exporters and fresh-cut processors.

The survey is administered every two years by research firm Industry Insights. Results will be published in a detailed research report designed to help produce companies directly compare salaries and benefits. Data is reported by: ownership type (family, private, public); type of business; produce sales volume; number of full-time employees; and geography.

“We encourage all eligible produce companies to participate in this year’s survey,” said Jason Pounds of Hardie’s Fresh Foods, United Fresh’s Finance & Business Management Council chairman. “The more data we have, the more robust and valuable this report will be in providing industry employers with reliable metrics to ensure they are offering competitive compensation.”

The survey is open at www.unitedfreshsurvey.com to any US- or Canadian-based produce company until April 21, 2017. The final research report will be available in June at the United Fresh 2017 convention in Chicago IL.

There is no cost to participate in the survey. Companies that submit data for the survey are eligible to receive a fully customized report for their company at the special rate of $95. Non-survey participants can order the final report for $495 for United Fresh members, and $695 for non-members.

For more information, go to www.unitedfresh.org.