- Impossible Foods is on a hiring spree as it looks to double the size of its 150-person research and development team over the coming months.
- The food company is contemplating new products, such as its own plant-based milk, and needs talent to help it make those products reality.
- Business Insider analyzed the US Office of Foreign Labor Certification’s recent disclosure data for permanent and temporary foreign workers at Impossible Foods to see what it paid various roles, both on its research and development team as well as in other areas of the company.
- Here are the salaries that Impossible pays employees working as research associates, scientists, and corporate counsel, among others.
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The battle over plant-based meat, milk and other foods is intensifying. That’s spurring Impossible Foods to hire more scientists, engineers and others who can help it compete.
In October, the company unveiled plans to double the size of its 150-person research and development team, a move that will help it create new products and investigate new sources of plant protein, among other things.
Impossible, rival Beyond Meat and more nascent plant-based food companies rely on scientists, engineers and related professionals to grow their businesses. The R&D team makes up around a quarter of Impossible’s total employees, and CEO and Founder Patrick Brown told Business Insider after the October announcement that science “ultimately determines our success.”
Impossible’s hiring also comes as sales of its products shift to grocery stores and away from restaurants. The company has seen demand among foodservice clients collapse as consumers eschew dining in at restaurants and rely on retailers for a greater portion of their food than they did before the spread of coronavirus.
Each year, the Office of Foreign Labor Certification discloses salary data based on visa applications from US companies hiring foreign workers. The companies report the base salaries that they offer current or prospective workers as part of the visa application. Business Insider’s research shows that Impossible recently applied for 31 H1-B visas. The vast majority of these positions were located at Impossible’s Bay Area headquarters in Redwood City, California, though some were located elsewhere in the US.
The salary information disclosed on the visa applications varies by company. While some provide the exact rate of pay for each position, others, like Impossible Foods, disclose a salary range for each.
Here are the salaries that Impossible pays US-based scientists, engineers, in-house counsel and other positions based on its approved visa applications: