According to Jay Russell, the North American poultry market is currently in the process of evolving toward greater use of automation in food processing, which has been a viable option for some time.
Automation still needs workers
However, the North American poultry market is still dependent on having human workers present in processing plants. This need for human labor has delayed the expansion of automation which might have been more important otherwise. Even a fully automated processing plant still needs people to implement, supervise, operate and maintain the systems.
Jay Russell talks about labor availability, “The workforce has changed in recent years. To stay competitive in the labor market, the poultry industry adapted to these changes by creating more attractive floor plans. Increasing the use of automation is expected to make the industry more appealing to younger professionals.”