The U.S. food industry is tapping a new pool of workers to staff plants and grocery warehouses: their former employees.
Kroger Co., the biggest U.S. supermarket operator by sales, is staying in touch with ex-employees and bringing some back. Cereal maker General Mills Inc. has persuaded some retirees to return to plant jobs, and other food-company recruiters have combed social media for former workers who might be open to coming back.
Companies across the U.S. economy have faced a severe shortage of workers since the onset of the pandemic as people left the workforce in record numbers. Employees quit because they were worried about contracting Covid-19 or received government incentives, or they switched industries seeking better working conditions or pay.WSJ