PepsiCo and General Mills have led the list of major food companies hiring for roles linked to AI so far in 2023, data suggests.

The US giants had the most AI-related jobs open for application among food manufacturers in the first seven months of the year, GlobalData, Just Food’s parent, said.

Between 1 January and 31 July, PepsiCo was advertising 150 positions linked to artificial intelligence, followed by General Mills with 123 open roles.

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.

Nestlé ranked third, with 80 “active” AI-related roles at the KitKat maker. “Active” jobs denote roles open for application.

Unilever (with 52) and Mondelez International (31) rounded out the top five.

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Food companies advertising for AI-related jobs, 1 January to 31 July 2023. Credit: GlobalData
Food companies advertising for AI-related jobs, 1 January to 31 July 2023. Credit: GlobalData

Overall, among the food companies monitored by GlobalData, some 896 posts were open for application during the period that were tied to AI.

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