Eden Green, Part 4

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Retail / Distribution: Job Titles, Part 2

Examples of job titles held by someone responsible for either growing or buying food to sell to consumers at larger retailers and food distribution companies include “Senior Manager, Food Supply Chain Operations”, “Replenishment Manager”, “Senior Buying Manager, Produce”, “Sourcing Manager”, and “Produce Procurement Manager”. These managerial positions are below the Vice President or Director level.

Senior Manager, Food Supply Chain Operations

Replenishment Manager

Senior Buying Manager, Produce

Sourcing Manager

Produce Procurement Manager

  • Albertsons Safeway is a subsidiary of Albertsons, one of the largest food retailers in the United States.
  • Albertsons uses the title of “Produce Procurement Manager” for an employee responsible for the procurement of their produce products.
  • The company requires a candidate with over 7 years of experience in produce procurement and 5-10 years of experience in managing people.
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Retail / Distribution: Demographics, Part 2

A total of 54 profiles of senior or middle-level managers responsible for growing or buying food (food sourcing and procurement) for the top U.S. food retail and distribution companies were analyzed in this research, indicating that a majority of the population is at their 30s (about 66.67%). Both males and females are working at this profile indicating an equal gender distribution at the position of senior or middle-level managers in large U.S. food retailers or distribution companies.

Demographic Profile

Age:

  • Out of 54 profiles analyzed, 36 people are estimated to be in their 30s, 11 are estimated to be in their 40s, 5 are estimated to be in their 50s, and 2 are estimated to be in their 60s.
  • Therefore, a majority (about 66.67%) of people holding senior or middle-level positions at larger retailers and food distribution companies responsible for either growing or buying food to sell to consumers are in their 30s.
  • People who are in their 40s make up 20.37% of those holding senior or middle-level positions at larger retailers and food distribution companies responsible for either growing or buying food to sell to consumers.

Gender:

  • Out of a total 54 profiles studied during the research, 28 belong to men and 26 to women professionals. Therefore, equal distribution can be seen at senior or middle-level profiles responsible for either growing or buying food to sell to consumers at larger retailers and food distribution companies.

Education Level:

  • Of the 54 profiles surveyed, 32 people were educated at the level of a bachelor's degree, 17 held a master's or postgraduate degree, and 5 did not mention their education level.
  • Therefore, the majority of people (59.3%) are estimated to have only a bachelor's degree.
  • However, about 31.48% of people working at the profile of senior or middle managers at larger retailers and food distribution companies responsible for either growing or buying food to sell to consumers are postgraduate.

Research Strategy

As there are no sources that provide a demographic profile of senior or middle-level managers responsible for either growing or buying food to sell to consumers at larger retailers and food distribution companies, we decided to follow the methodology adopted in the previous research to identify a demographic profile of the director level profiles in these companies. From the list of the largest U.S. food distribution and retail companies, we identified Walmart, Kroger, Albertson's, Ahold Delhaize, Publix, Aldi, H-E-B, Wakefern Food, Meijer, and Southeastern Grocers as the top U.S. food retail companies. Additionally, the top U.S. food distribution companies are Sysco, U.S. Foodservice, Performance Food Group, Gordon Food Service, Food Services of America, Reinhart Foodservice Inc, Shamrock Foods Co, Maines Paper & Food Service Inc, Ben E. Keith Foods, and the IJ Company. Later, we looked through various sources to check the profile of senior or middle-level managers responsible for growing or buying food for each of the above-mentioned companies. These profiles include Food Sourcing/Sourcing Managers, Food Produce Procurement Managers, Food/Produce Category Managers, Purchase Managers, and Buyers. After locating these profiles for each company, we carried out a demographic analysis to compile the desired demographic profile through LinkedIn profile of each of the managers. We also looked into the job hiring advertisements published on LinkedIn or career page by any of the above-mentioned retailers and food distribution companies for the profile of senior or middle-level managers for food sourcing, growing or buying food to sell to consumers. Information concerning the desired position was not readily available for some of the companies such as Ahold Delhaize, Publix., Performance Food Group, Food Services of America, and the IJ company.
As there were no open sources to determine the age of each person identified in the research, we had to estimate their ages. We calculated their age assuming that each person was in their early 20s when they graduated with their bachelor's degree. In cases where the graduation year was not available, the same calculation was made from the year these people began working, based on their work experiences published on their LinkedIn profiles.
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US Agriculture / Horticulture Collegiate Progams

Seven of the top United States colleges/universities known for their agriculture/horticulture programs are Cornell University, University of California--Davis, California Polytechnic State University, University of Florida, Pennsylvania State University, University of Minnesota, and Texas A&M University.

Cornell University

University of California--Davis

  • The College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences is in charge of agricultural-related courses at the University of California--Davis.

California Polytechnic State University

  • The College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences is in charge of agricultural-related courses at the California Polytechnic State University.

University of Florida

  • The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is in charge of agricultural-related courses at the University of Florida.

Pennsylvania State University

University of Minnesota

  • The College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences is in charge of agricultural-related courses at the University of Minnesota.

Texas A&M University

  • The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is in charge of agricultural-related courses at Texas A&M University.

Research Strategy

To identify the list of top United States colleges/universities known for their agriculture/horticulture programs, we searched through the public domain for a precompiled list of top U.S colleges/universities recognized for their agriculture/horticulture programs. Our search was fruitful as we identified several lists by top-rated colleges and universities concerning their agriculture/horticulture programs from reputable sources such as Universities.com, Thrive, U.S. News, and College Values Online. The list by U.S. News was based on criteria such as Agricultural Sciences overall score, research reputation, publications, collaboration, and citation of works, the list by College Values Online was based on return on investment (ROI), amount of agricultural departments listed on each college’s website, and average tuition fee. The list by Thrive was based on a survey for focused agricultural programs, while the list by Universities.com is based on a set of review criteria such as career preparations and facilities. Furthermore, we evaluated the institutions contained in each of the sources and selected the colleges/universities recognized by at least two of the sources used.
Sources
Sources

From Part 02