Adding Value to California’s Agricultural Output

California food processors turbocharge the value of California’s agricultural bounty by making delicious, safe and wholesome food products, demanded by consumers throughout the world. In the process, food processors create hundreds of thousands of jobs!

We are proud of our part as a major driver of California’s economy

Whether it’s canning, pickling, drying, freezing, fermenting, brewing, baking or bottling, California food processors add tremendous value to what is already the world’s most productive agricultural region. In the process, California food processors contribute to state exports, bolster local economies, add to the state and federal tax coffers, and provide hundreds of thousands of direct and indirect jobs. In 2014, CLFP commissioned a study conducted by U.C. Davis regarding the specific impacts of the food processing industry on the California economy. Following are some its findings followed by a link to the study.

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Employment in California's food processing sector

California's food processors provide hundreds of thousands of direct and indirect jobs. The number of people directly employed in the food processing sector totals 77,763 in Southern California and 66,138 in Central California (as of 2018). The tops five cities for food processing employees are Fresno (9,365), the City of Industry (6,586), Modesto (5,198), Turlock (3,314) and Bakersfield (3,557). Click here for a detailed map.


"Agriculture production is Los Banos’ economic cornerstone. A significant amount of jobs come from the food processing industry that takes raw commodities grown in the areas surrounding Los Banos and turns it into processed food or other value added products. The City benefits from the local food processors that employ local residents who in-turn spend their income buying daily essentials such as groceries, clothing, and fuel. The ripple effect generates sales tax and other various employment opportunities throughout the community."

– Alex Terrazas, City of Los Banos City Manager

Key CLFP Issues & Accomplishments

CLFP has had numerous successes in its 112-year history addressing a wide variety of legislative and regulatory issues on behalf of the food processing industry. Following are some recent accomplishments.

  • CLFP has participated in numerous energy rate cases before the California Public Utilities Commission to fight for fair and reasonable rates for food processors.
  • CLFP is leading a statewide business coalition regarding regulatory reform to ensure agencies adhere to established administrative procedures, use a transparent rulemaking process, base decisions on facts and applied knowledge, and conduct thorough economic impact analysis when developing new regulations.
  • CLFP works closely with the California Department of Public Health regarding issues related to food safety inspections, regulations, and standards.
  • CLFP has been actively representing the interests of food processors regarding the California Air Resources Board’s new greenhouse gas climate change regulations.
  • CLFP has worked closely with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District to ensure new boiler emissions regulations are based on sound science and can be implemented in a cost-effective manner.
  • CLFP has actively opposed legislation to ban BPA in food packaging, and opposes a Proposition 65 listing for BPA and other compounds where the purported risks to public health are not based on proven science.
  • CLFP continues to press the legislature and regulatory agencies to ensure the taxes and fees assessed on food processors are fair and consistent.
  • CLFP has been leading a statewide industry coalition to oppose onerous and unreasonable new storm water permit regulations proposed by the State Water Board.
  • CLFP participated in a Department of Water Resources statewide task force regarding water conservation at commercial and industrial facilities to prevent unreasonable new mandates.
  • CLFP has worked with the Board of Equalization to resolve tax issues affecting food processors.
  • CLFP has partnered with energy utilities and the California Energy Commission to promote energy research projects and help processors participate in energy- efficiency programs.
  • CLFP has actively lobbied for truck weight reform and preserving the federal hours-of-service regulation for seasonal agricultural haulers.
  • CLFP actively monitors OSHA and labor regulations.


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