2015 Processed Food Industry Analysis

As a step towards marshaling in an orderly and optimally successful fashion the resources available in the State of Hawaii for the development of the Processed Food Industry, representatives of the Processed Food Industry, interested state and county agencies, and the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) worked together to prepare the First Industry Analysis and Action Plan for the Processed Food Industry in 1993. They are a reasoned assessment of the industry by those in the community that can contribute.’

The Industry Analysis considered all of the elements that constitute the Processed Food Industry. There was an assessment of the potential of the industry in Hawaii. There was also an Action Plan that identified the bottlenecks in the achievement of the potential and the requirements to relieve each bottleneck were defined. The bottlenecks were then prioritized by the industry. At that time, there was limited funding to address some actions that would have relieved bottlenecks.

Although funding was discontinued for succeeding Industry Analyses (for any industry),
Dr. Saulo analyzed available published data to reflect the current potential and bottlenecks of the industry today. In the past, this information was sometimes used by the food industry as data to support a proposed new business. This updated analysis was performed to provide accurate data describing the Processed Food Industry in Hawaii, and prevent misinformation and incorrect perceptions about the industry.

The most recent data at time of writing were from 2013. Some of the significant and meaningful results of this 2015 Processed Food Industry Analysis are:

  • The number of manufacturers of food and kindred products in 2013 accounted for about 32.2% of all manufacturing establishments in the State.
  • In 2013, the number of employees in the Hawaii food processing industry increased to 46.4% or almost half of all manufacturing industry in Hawaii.
  • Of the top five payrolls in Hawaii manufacturing, the food processing industry has remained the largest contributor to the payroll. In 2013, the food processing industry payroll was greater than the other top four payrolls in Hawaii manufacturing combined.
  • Value added by food manufacturing has steadily increased to $538.9 million in 2013 or 47.3% or almost half of the value added by all manufacturing industries.
  • Value added of processed food was $538.9 million in 2013.
  • The value of product accounted for by the average Hawaii food employee has almost consistently increased to $85,523 in 2013.

Thus, unlike other agricultural industries, the food processing industry demonstrates a relatively stable growth throughout different and difficult economic times.

For the 2015 Processed Food Industry Analysis report, please click here.