What Works: Recruit and retain meat industry employees in a tight labor market

Thursday, November 15, 2018
What Works: Recruit and retain meat industry employees in a tight labor market
Thursday, November 15, 2018 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Central Time)

The meat industry must rethink how to attract, hire and retain employees in the office and on the plant floor as dwindling immigration and retiring baby boomers shrink the labor pool, while other industries compete for available workers.

In this exclusive, one-hour webinar, Christine McCracken, executive director, protein analyst at Rabobank, will share:
  • What factors beyond immigration are depleting the labor pool in meat plants 
  • Why wage hikes are not likely the solution to labor shortages
  • How automation is changing the skill sets needed in plants
  • How labor solutions for further processors might differ from slaughter operations
Cherie Shepard, director of packaging, material handling and processing for Direct Recruiters, will share:
  • How and why today’s younger workers differ from previous generations
  • What some manufacturers are doing successfully to hire and retain younger workers
  • Dos and Don’ts for managers who are supervising younger workers


Christine McCracken is an executive director and senior protein analyst at Rabobank. Previously, McCracken spent 18 years as a sell-side Food & Agribusiness analyst and founding partner at Cleveland Research. McCracken has been named “Best on the Street” Food Analyst by the Wall Street Journal and the top Food Analyst by Forbes. She holds a master’s degree in Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics from the University of California at Davis.

Cherie Shepard is director of packaging, material handling & processing for Direct Recruiters. For over 10 years she has identified talent compatible with various  companies’ specific environments and cultures and helped them navigate complex hiring needs.  Shepard has particular expertise in generational differences in the workplace and how cultures must adapt to attract younger workers. Shepard earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from Cleveland State University. 

Rita Jane Gabbett (moderator) is executive editor of Meatingplace. She oversees the industry-leading daily news operation of Meatingplace as well as writes and edits in-depth features for the magazine. Raised on a farm in Illinois, Gabbett started her journalism career covering the agriculture industry in Washington, D.C. and held several positions with Reuters, including managing editor of Reuters, North America.

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