This is sort of a shocker. This article implies that job applicants are fleeing Sony for Meiji, or rather troubled electronics companies for more stable food companies. I thought the applicant pools were distinct, but it is interesting nevertheless. Food companies are not known for paying overly generous salaries, but in this environment they do appear to be a stable alternative to electronics giants like Sony and Panasonic who unfortunately cannot seem to get their houses in order. The article also describes Meiji as a dairy company, but they are also the largest chocolate maker in Japan and confectionery companies have long had more job applicants than other food companies.
Very interesting and something that would have been unimaginable only a few years ago.