First frozen Foods company

The food industry is characterized by:

  • A wide variety of products primarily intended for consumption,
  • The use of advanced technologies for the processing and storage of goods,
  • The implementation of methods and processes to establish ever greater food security.

The food industry is an industry which is between agriculture and distribution.

Eight large families from the food industries can be identified:
  • Meat Industry:
    slaughter of livestock,poultry,meat,canned meat.
  • Dairy industry:
    production of milk,butter,yogurt,cheese,milk powder or concentrate,"cracking" milk for the food industry (casein,lactose,ultra-filtered protein ..),making ice cream and ice cream.
  • Manufacture of prepared foods: fruits,vegetables,fish,baked dishes and jams.
  • Manufacturing of cereals:
    flour,bread and pastry industry,cookies,crackers,and pasta meal,malt,starch and starch derivatives,food for farm animals and domestic.
  • Manufacture of oils,fats and margarines.
  • Sugar industry.
  • Manufacture of miscellaneous food products:
    chocolate,confectionery,coffee and tea packed,spices,herbs,condiments,vinegars,sauces,dietetic foods,baby food,diet products,breakfast,dessert,desserts,soups,soups,yeast,etc..
  • Beverage and Spirits:
    wines,spirits,distilling alcohol,appetizers,champagne,beer,cider,fruit juices and vegetables,other soft drinks,mineral waters.

Key figures of the French food industry in 2009 (Source ANIA):

  • The food industry is the first French industrial sector with a turnover of € 139 billion, which positions the 2nd largest European food industry behind the Netherlands.Worldwide,it is the fourth largest exporter behind the Netherlands,Germany and the United States.
  • In 2009,despite a decline of 9.2%,the level of exports is comparable to the average of the last year of € 31.9 billion. And we have seen a decline of 5.5% in imports compared to 2008 but the level remains similar to the average of previous years.
  • The food industry is the second largest industrial employer (after mechanical industries) with 400, 000 employees.
  • The number of employees in 2009 remained stable compared to 2008 (- 0.9% against - 4.2% for the entire industry).
  • The sector includes 10, 000 companies.It is made up of many small: 73% have fewer than 20 employees and 97% have less than 250 employees.
For more information visit the website of the ANIA - National Association of Food Industries

Sector issues in the field of employment and qualifications:

  • Automation encourages companies to build capacity by training employees to help them better understand the changes.
  • Industrial performance requirements in this sector have the effect of widening the responsibilities of production operators in quality control,first-level maintenance,monitoring,organization of production,supply lines.
  • Quality has become a requirement in the IA business to which all employees of the company are associated.
  • Stress distribution networks involve enhancing the professionalism of the sales force small businesses.
Food industries seeking staff more qualified due to the development of relationships with retailers and increasing automation of production processes.
Needs mainly concern: sales engineers,service technicians,drivers automated lines,quality technicians. See the summary of the study "New development factors,what implications for sectoral training?" "Resources Documentary."

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