Labourers in food and beverage processing (NOC 9617)

About this job

Labourers in food and beverage processing do packaging, material handling, clean up and other basic activities involved in processing food, beverage and related products.

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People in this occupation work in  food, beverage and associated products processing and packing plants, such as:

  • fruit and vegetable processing plants
  • dairies
  • flour mills
  • bakeries
  • sugar refineries
  • meat plants
  • breweries
Common job titles
  • attendant, tank
  • baker / grain cleaner
  • bakery
  • barrel cleaner / filler
  • beef marker / sampler
  • bottle caser / checker / washer / bottler


Labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing perform some or all of the following duties:

  • transport raw materials, finished products and packaging materials throughout plants and warehouses manually or using powered equipment
  • measure and dump ingredients into hoppers of mixing and grinding machines or mobile tank trucks
  • feed flattened boxes into forming machines to construct containers
  • remove filled containers from conveyors and manually pack goods into bags, boxes or other containers
  • clean work areas and equipment
  • check products and packaging for basic quality defects
  • help machine and process control operators with their duties

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in an indoor plant environment.
  • Working with machinery poses the risk of causing injury.
  • Workers may be exposed to noise and strong, unpleasant odours.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

There is some movement among occupations in this group. Labourers in food, beverage and tobacco processing may, with experience, progress to machine or process operating positions.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.