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Ferrero topped the list of active recruiters in the food industry in Europe in the first half of 2023, data shows.

The privately-owned snacks giant had 1,022 ‘active’ roles across its operations in Europe during the opening half of 2023, according to analysis by GlobalData, Just Food’s parent. Active jobs are roles open for application.

Danone was second, with 998 open positions. Russia-based meat processor Cherkizovo was third, with adverts out for 866 jobs.

Chart showing open positions in food industry in Europe by company, H1 2023. Credit: GlobalData
Chart showing open positions in food industry in Europe by company, H1 2023.
Credit: GlobalData

GlobalData’s Job Analytics database tracks daily job postings across multiple industries, including consumer goods. As part of the research and intelligence company’s analysis, it groups jobs by theme, providing an indication of where businesses are focusing their hiring efforts.

Overall, there were 16,224 open roles across the beverage alcohol groups operating in Europe monitored by GlobalData.

Looking at where the jobs were located, 1,544 – or 21% – were in France, followed by Germany (1,491) and the UK (1,140).

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Examples of the open positions included Ferrero looking for a demand planner in Austria, Danone recruiting for a financial control manager in France, development manager in Foshan and Cherkizovo on the market for a HR specialist in Russia.

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