Freshness from Farm to Table
14 million acres devoted to agriculture, abundant fresh water and access to farms, research centers, production, cold storage facilities, and distributors guarantee high-quality consumables from the farm to the table.
The quality of food is a priority as consumers seek healthier options. Ohio has the capacity and concentration of food industry resources to keep up with this demand. In fact, Ohio is over-indexed with food-processing companies. From farms to consumers, you have faster, more affordable access to every part of the value chain.
In Ohio, you can:
- Access a robust end-to-end value chain from 74,000 farms and 14 million acres producing soybeans, corn, dairy, wheat, eggs and hogs to processors, distributors, packagers, food retailers and customers, which means you can produce goods and deliver products to market more efficiently and cost-effectively.
- Partner with and/or learn from corporate leaders in the food and agribusiness industry, including The Ohio State University Wilbur A. Gould Food Industries Center, Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT), Abbott Nutrition R&D, Nestlé’s global R&D and quality assurance center, and Cincinnati’s resources that make it the second largest hub for flavoring research in the U.S.
- Find qualified workers with reasonable wage expectations thanks to Ohio’s strong agrarian history and an acclaimed university system creating all levels of talent, from entry-level and factory floor workers to researchers and management-level executives.
- Leverage assets that make doing business more efficient such as low-cost natural gas, a deregulated power market, and open partnerships with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Ohio Department of Agriculture.
Ohio’s food and agribusiness industry boasts hundreds of companies that have a role in producing foods and drinks enjoyed by consumers around the world. Kroger, Bob Evans, Smucker’s and Wendy’s are among the food leaders all headquartered in Ohio. And Daisy, Dannon, Nestlé and Campbell’s each have a large presence here. They choose Ohio because it offers everything that food companies need to thrive.
Be a part of cultivating something big. Grow in Ohio.
Phillips Meat Processing is renovating and expanding its current facility in to include a freezer, blast chiller and smoker room, as well as more capacity for production. This growth is due in large part to requests from major food retailer and customer, Kroger, which wants more products to sell in stores.
McLane Company Inc. is a leading supply chain provider in food service and groceries for convenient stores, markets, merchants and restaurants in the United States. Following an announcement in February 2016 to open a highly-automated facility in Findlay, McLane Co. cuts the ribbon on its newest location which will employ over 400 skilled positions.
Earlier this year, Nestlé, the world’s largest food and beverage company, spent $16.8 million to expand its Solon, Ohio campus. As part of the expansion, Nestlé relocated 300 jobs of its technical and production organization and all supply chain teams from California to the Solon campus, which now employs more than 2,000 employees.