Food and related products machine operators set, operate and attend machinery used to slaughter animals and trim meat from carcasses;​>bake, freeze, heat, crush, mix, blend and otherwise process foodstuffs, beverages and tobacco leaves.(ILO, 2018)


  • Mining and Mineral Processing Plant Operators
  • Metal Processing and Finishing Plant Operators
  • Chemical and Photographic Products Plant and Machine Operators
  • Rubber, Plastic and Paper Products Machine Operators
  • Textile, Fur and Leather Products Machine Operators
  • Food and Related Products Machine Operators
  • Wood Processing and Papermaking Plant Operators
  • Other Stationary Plant and Machine Operators


Processing activities in the mass food industry have been mechanized for years now. Introducing automation and monitoring tools to integrate machinery in a general ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) however become a challenge as companies upgrade their equipment as “…recruiting, training and retaining skilled employees to operate automated machinery remain one of the critical concerns of food manufacturers for 2017…” (Food Engineering, 2017) This is good news for the occupation is rather stable even if it is not growing (Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018) and a possibility of a income growth as labor is adapting to newer equipment. 


Starbucks “Evolution Fresh project” new facility in California hardly uses any human labor in its new facility 

Evolution Fresh


Cambelle soup is a historic brand that has been making canned soup products for 146 years and the impact of automation on labor cannot be more evident.

Campbell Soup Company

The Campbell Story

Categories: Skill Level 2