Specialty Food Processing & Agribusiness

Food Production (JPEG)

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.

Overview

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".

Crops

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.

  1. BUSINESSES
  2. BENEFITS OF EAGLE
Some of the amazing companies that call Eagle HOME are:
  • 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards
  • Bardenay Distillery
  • Greg Marsh Designer Cakes
  • Lilly Jane's Cupcakes
  • Twin Oaks Farms

Averages Wages and Growth

Source:  Chmura Economics, JobsEQ
       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%