American Industry Overview: Pickled Fruits and Vegetables, Vegetable Sauces and Seasonings and Salad Dressings

This category covers establishments primarily engaged in pickling and brining fruits and vegetables and in manufacturing salad dressings, vegetable relishes, sauces, and seasonings.

Industry Snapshot

Diversified multibillion dollar companies like H.J. Heinz Company, Kraft General Foods, Inc., and Unilever Best Foods North America were the major producers of pickles, sauces and seasonings, and salad dressings in the early 2010s. However, small, regional independents often accounted for many familiar products. The fruit and vegetable canning industry reflects the trends that influence other food processors as consumers became concerned with healthy eating and developed a taste for exotic flavors and ethnic cuisine.

The market for sauces and marinades, valued at $3.65 billion in 2010, was expected to reach $4.3 billion by 2012, according to industry reports. The recession that affected the United States during the late 2000s and into the early 2010s negatively impacted many facets of the U.S. economy. However, packaged foods tend to fare quite well during economic downturns as consumers avoid restaurants to save money by eating in. Yet, many sauce and salad dressing companies found stiff competition from private label brands, keeping profits down.

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