Food Industry Management

Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics


Ruthi Bloomfield
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Phone: 517-432-5298

Dale Elshoff
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Phone: 517-884-8976


Food industry management is about having a system-wide perspective of managerial problems confronting firms in the food industry, recognizing that increased interdependence among such firms and focusing on creating consumer value. Students who earn a degree in Food Industry Management are employed in managerial positions with food wholesalers-distributors and retailers, as well as, jobs in sales, account management, and production supervisor positions with food manufacturers.

The Food Industry Management program at MSU is specifically designed for students who are interested in food industry careers. Students will explore decision-making, data analysis, and strategic planning in agri-food systems. In addition to the core areas of study students have the flexibility to choose courses related to their individual interests in farm management, labaor and personnel management, public policy, and global food issues.

Faculty members and advisors associated with the program maintain close relationships with food companies and trade associations. These professional relationships benefit students who seek information about internships, scholarships, and employment in the field.

Students gain practical industry experience by completing a professional internship in food industry management. This supervised professional experience is a great way for students to apply what they learn in the classroom to real-world food systems.

Core areas of study

  • Agri-food systems
  • Commodity and food product marketing
  • Agribusiness and food industry sales
  • Micro- and macroeconomics
  • Supply chain management

Supporting discipline areas

  • Farm management
  • Financial management in the agri-food system
  • Corporate environmental management
  • Global food markets

Career opportunities

The food industry employs one in six workers in the United States. Many graduates go on to start their own business.

  • Retail store management
  • Wholesale and retail buyer
  • Data analyst
  • Brand manager
  • Food product marketing/advertising
  • Distribution and logistics manager

Sample of companies hiring MSU grads

  • Daymon Worldwide
  • Kellogg’s
  • Kraft Foods
  • Hormel
  • The Hershey Company
  • The Clorox Company
  • Target
  • Domino’s Pizza Corporation
  • Coca-Cola
  • Nestles
  • US Food Services

Course listing

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