In a comprehensive, first-of-its-kind economic impact study of the fresh produce and floral supply in the United States, data show that the combined industry contributes 2.2 million jobs in all 50 states and 120, $1 billion in labor income, nearly reaching pre-COVID levels.
The findings highlight that the industry plays a significant economic role in every state, adding $339.4 billion to national output in 2022. In addition, federal, state, and local taxes generated by the industry and derived industry sales drive their work. , totals $43.7 billion per year.
The report, titled Economic Impact of the U.S. Fresh Produce and Flower Supply Industry, was compiled by Jack Kleinhenz of Kleinhenz & Associates on behalf of the International Fresh Produce Association and was released earlier today. It is the first time the trade organization representing the entire fresh and floral supply chain has conducted such extensive exploration and research into its US jobs, taxes and wages.
“Fresh produce and floral products are important to every American because we not only seek to provide nutrients to keep people healthy, but we employ millions of Americans and pump billions of dollars into the U.S. economy,” said IFPA CEO Cathy Burns. a press release.
In a video conference call with the media, Burns said the economic impact study will be used to guide policy advocacy centered on the next Farm Bill, nutrition, immigrant labor and food safety.
“Congress needs to be aware of the size and scope of our industry,” she said. “We are a significant national employer and essential to the entire food system.”
Nearly 1.2 million jobs are directly linked to the industry’s 2022 operations. The absolute number of employees involved in the fresh produce and floral supply industry fell 4% from 1.18 million workers in 2017 as a result of the slowdown caused by COVID. The industry had 1.13 million workers in 2021 and is set to reach pre-pandemic levels this year.
The industry’s economic impact affects all 50 states and the District of Columbia to varying degrees, depending on factors such as each state’s industry mix, wage structure, spending and savings patterns, and connections to other economies. Twenty-nine states have more than 10,000 jobs attributed to the industry; only 10 states have fewer than 4,000. The impact encompasses a diverse range of activities and products that extends beyond farmers and producers, including marketing and distribution, retail and food service.
California leads the way, accounting for 404,468 workers, or 35 percent of industry employment. Washington followed with 99,320 and Florida with 82,013 workers.
Looking at total employment in detail, it shows that more than 600,000 jobs, or 54% of the industry, are workers in the manufacturing sector. Wholesale and retail employment, which includes a variety of fresh fruit and floral operations, reached 434,000 and accounts for 38 percent of the industry.
“Support for the industry has never been more important,” said Burns, who noted that only 1 in 10 Americans eat the recommended daily allowance of fruits and vegetables. “Treatment for the four most prevalent diet-related diseases adds $1.4 trillion to the US national debt each year.”
In the video conference, she asked with excitement: “The question is: do we want to invest in health or do we want to invest in health care.”
IFPA, which bills itself as seamlessly integrating world-focused advocacy and industry-focused support, will attend next week’s White House Nutrition Conference, where it is expected to be part of a host of generation-defining ideas and solutions. to improve the access, attractiveness and consumption of fruits and vegetables.
https://www.agdaily.com/crops/full-economic-impact-of-u-s-produce-industry-tallied-for-first-time/ The full economic impact of the American produce industry was recorded for the first time