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Food Processing & Agriculture

 
From Dannon to Kraft and from candy to potato chips, AMP communities have a long, strong history with agriculture and food processing. If you’re considering a relocation or expansion in this industry, consider these facts:
 

Ohio

Strategically located between the grain belt and eastern markets, Ohio offers a strong foundation for food processing and agriculture companies. Nearly 55% of the state’s total land area is devoted to farming, and local companies provide products and services as diverse as farming, seed supply, agrichemicals, farm machinery, wholesale and distribution, processing, marketing and retail sales. Learn more
 
 
Related companies in AMP communities
J.M. Smucker (Orrville), Dannon (Minster), Smith Dairy Products Company (Orrville), Spangler Candy Company (Bryan), Shearer's Foods Inc. (Brewster), and Clovervale Farms, Inc. (Amherst)
Selected companies
Kroger, Honeybaked Foods, Inc., Bob Evans Farms, and Campbells.
 

Kentucky

Creating an estimated $6.6 billion in value for the commonwealth, the food and beverage industry in Kentucky is a strong, flourishing part of the Kentucky economy. In fact, the state is a leading producer of beef cattle, hogs, dairy cows, soybeans and corn, as well as many processed foods. And it’s no wonder—with a favorable business climate, experienced workforce, low business cost and rich agricultural history.
 
Related companies in AMP communities
Dippin' Dots, Inc. (Paducah) and Bremner Inc. (Princeton). 
 
Selected companies
Proctor and Gamble, Tyson Foods, Inc., Kellogg’s and Nestle Prepared Foods.
 

Pennsylvania

With more than 85,000 workers in food processing and over 51,000 farms devoted to agriculture, Pennsylvania offers both skilled labor and easy access to raw materials. Key agricultural products include fruits, vegetables, poultry, eggs, mushrooms and milk. Pennsylvania is the 4th largest milk producing state in the U.S.
 
Related companies in AMP communities
Snyder of Berlin (Berlin) and George J. Howe Company (Grove City).  
 
Selected companies
Campbell’s Soup, H.J. Heinz Quaker Oats, Hershey Food Corp. and Kraft.
 

Virginia

The food processing industry is one of Virginia’s largest manufacturing sectors—representing more than 33,700 jobs and an economic output of $21 billion. Learn more
 
Related companies in AMP communities
Nestle Prepared Foods Company (Danville).
 
Selected companies
Abbott Laboratories, Kraft Foods, Inc., and Sunshine’s Pride Dairy.
 

Michigan

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development notes agriculture is a $70+ billion industry which employs more than 1 million residents, ranking Michigan second among all agricultural states. In addition, food processing is an approximate $25 billion idustry and ranks them among the top 25 states in food processing, employing more than 130,000 residents.
 
Related companies in AMP communities
Joseph Campbell (Marshall)
Selected companies
Kellogg Company, Keebler Company, and H.J. Heinz Company

West Virginia

West Virginia has a rich history of agricultural production and food processing which has created variety of products and many job opportunities. Today's primary food processing industry consists of poultry production and processing for the consumer market, creating many of the cooked and frozen chicken products found in supermarkets and fast food establishments. We are also home to one of the world's primary turkey breeding operations.
 
The spring orchards produce many superior apple varieties in late summer and fall which result in the production of sauces, jellies, juices, etc. Learn more
 
Selected companies
Mister Bee Potato Chips; Tasty Blend Foods, Inc.; Ballard's Farm Sausage, Inc.; Dr. Pepper/7-Up bottling Co., Allied Foods, Pilgrims Pride
 

Delaware

 
Agriculture and food processing remain an important industry in Delaware.  A leading producer of poultry products; soybeans, corn, dairy products, potatoes and fishing also play an important role in the state's economy.  Delaware provides the necessary resources for a variety of food processing industries.
 
Selected companies
Allen Family Foods, Mountaire of Delaware, Perdue Farms