Specialty Food Processing & Agribusiness

Food Production

Sunny climate, warm days, abundant irrigation and generous amounts of land makes Eagle a prime location for food and agricultural industries. 

Community Culture 

Eagle is a community that cares about their health and well-being, and with this, there is a growing demand for products that address specific health, ethnic and dietary preferences, along with the desire for fresh, whole and organic ingredients.  As part of this desire to increase the availability of food products and agribusinesses within our community, the City has designated approximately 49,000 acres of land in the foothills area as the Eagle Viticultural Area.  This area currently includes a winery and several grape growers, with future plans to include a custom crush facility and various other supporting industries.  In addition, many areas within the City have been designated as mixed use areas that allow for manufacturing and retail of products.

Eagle's lifestyle features 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 an attractive "brand".

Eagle's access to raw materials and a skilled workforce suggest a promising sector where companies will thrive, and the opportunity to deliver fresh products to local, regional, and in some cases, national consumer bases. 

Nearby universities and colleges can tailor specific customized training and education programs related to the food industry and technology.

AVERAGE WAGES AND GROWTH
       Average Wage  5-Year Annualized
Employment Growth
 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%
51-3011 Bakers 345 $28,600 $27,100 4.0% 2.2%
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%
51-3092 Food Batchmakers 613 $27,900 $30,100 0.9% 2.0%
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%

Source:  Chmura Economics, JobsEQ