Specialty Food Processing & Agribusiness
The Boise Valley's sunny climate, warm days, and abundant irrigation have made it a center for the food and agriculture industries. Over the last 100 years, led by such pioneers as the legendary J.R. Simplot, Idaho's long tradition of farming has been transformed from a simple way of life into a major economic force in the Valley.
Eagle is a community that cares about their health and well-being, and with this, there is a growing demand for products that address increasingly specific health, ethnic, dietary, freshness and ingredients. Eagle is central to the region offering an ideal location for companies to deliver fresh products to regional, and in some cases, national consumer bases. Eagle's lifestyle features, location, and relative household incomes provide companies with an existing customer base for fresh, farm-to-table, food products. Specialty producers with innovative processing, distribution and retail components will find Eagle and attractive "brand".
We know that when people think of Idaho, they think potatoes. But, agriculture in Idaho is "not all potatoes".
The Valley is extremely diversified, producing numerous varieties of crops and seeds, dairy products, cattle and livestock, and even award-winning wines. Eagle's access to raw materials and a skilled workforce suggest a promising sector where companies will thrive.
The Eagle subsection of the Snake River American Viticultural Area and nearby universities and colleges can tailor specific programs related to the food industry and technology.
- 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards
- Bardenay Distillery
- Greg Marsh Designer Cakes
- Lilly Jane's Cupcakes
- Twin Oaks Farms
- Sunny climate, warm days, and abundant irrigation
- Access to raw materials
- Access to skilled workforce
- Community focus on fresh, healthier food
- Lifestyle features, location and relative household incomes provide companies with an existing customer base for fresh, farm-to-table, food products
- Access to training programs and education specific to food industry and technology
- Mixed use area that allow for manufacturing and retail of products
Averages Wages and Growth
|Average Wage|| 5-Year Annualized
|SOC||Title||Employment||Boise Metro||USA||Boise Metro||USA|
|19-1012||Food Scientists and Technologists||54||$66,600||$71,300||2.1%||1.9%|
|19-1013||Soil and Plant Scientists||59||$64,800||$69,300||0.9%||1.1%|
|19-4011||Agricultural and Food Science Technicians||79||$45,600||$40,500||1.7%||1.3%|
|41-4012||Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products||3,444||$61,900||$68,400||3.8%||1.2%|
|45-2041||Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products||161||$28,400||$24,300||1.9%||1.3%|
|49-9041||Industrial Machinery Mechanics||411||$49,600||$51,900||2.3%||0.7%|
|49-9071||Maintenance and Repair Workers, General||2,542||$32,400||$39,400||2.8%||1.6%|
|51-1011||First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers||1,203||$56,300||$61,500||3.0%||0.9%|
|51-3021||Butchers and Meat Cutters||258||$32,500||$31,700||4.5%||1.6%|
|51-3022||Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers||332||$24,700||$25,500||7.3%||1.1%|
|51-3023||Slaughterers and Meat Packers||195||$29,300||$27,000||8.6%||1.1%|
|51-3093||Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders||265||$37,700||$30,300||1.7%||2.2%|
|51-3099||Food Processing Workers, All Other||131||$32,400||$25,800||2.6%||1.7%|
|51-9061||Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers and Weighers||805||$37,700||$40,300||2.9%||1.1%|
|51-9111||Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders||858||$36,200||$30,900||2.1%||2.1%|
|53-7051||Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators||933||$32,700||$34,300||3.0%||3.1%|
|53-7062||Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand||4,342||$27,800||$28,700||2.8%||2.5%|
|53-7064||Packers and Packagers, Hand||1,122||$26,600||$24,400||2.6%||2.4%|