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Food & Beverage

Food & Beverage 2018-04-25T14:19:04+00:00

FEEDING THE FUTURE

The science and engineering behind Wisconsin’s food and beverage production—from farm to table—comes from the expertise developed over generations of agricultural leadership. Through years of research and innovation, Wisconsin has earned global recognition for technological advancements in food science that have improved growing practices, increased distribution efficiency, and raised safety and nutritional standards worldwide—all of which is driven by the joy we associate with good, healthy food.

Curious innovators are encouraged to explore here. A top producer of many foods, including cranberries and ginseng, Wisconsin is also a leader sustainable and organic practices. With over 93,000 jobs throughout the state’s comprehensive food and beverage supply chain, the possibilities are endless for people who think like we do: that anything can happen when the right people come together.

FOOD AND BEVERAGE LEADERSHIP

Wisconsin is consistently ranked at the top, from health care and cost of living to career opportunities and industry development.

~1,400

COMPANIES IN OUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY
Companies in this industry range from food safety to food production.

Infogroup, 2016

#1

IN CHEESE, ORGANIC OAT, ORGANIC CORN AND ORGANIC BEAN PRODUCTION
Wisconsin is at the top of food production and sustainability.

United States Department of Agriculture, 2015

$67.8 BILLION

ANNUALLY IN FOOD PROCESSING SALES
This makes Wisconsin one of the most productive ag regions in the nation.

U.S. Census Bureau, 2016

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FOOD & BEVERAGE INDUSTRY RESOURCES

FOOD & BEVERAGE COMPANIES IN WISCONSIN®

  • Birchwood Foods/Kenosha Beef

  • Birds Eye Foods

  • Gehl Foods

  • Hormel

  • Johnsonville

  • Klement Sausage Co

  • MillerCoors

  • Organic Valley

  • Palermo’s Pizza

  • Emmi Roth
  • Sargento

  • Schreiber Foods

“The concentration of technology we need and partners we need here is remarkable. If you said, look anywhere in the world and choose a partner – the ones we would choose are right here in Wisconsin.”

JIM PASKIND, President of Joint Ventures, Salm Partners
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TESTIMONIALS

Wisconsin’s strong economic engine is helping businesses across the state maximize their success. Learn how companies are thriving by exploring our testimonials.

“Southeast Wisconsin is one of the best locations in the nation for advanced food processors. Gourmet Foods is in good company and we look forward to helping them thrive here.”

JIM KREUSER • KENOSHA COUNTY EXECUTIVE, GOURMET FOODS • KENOSHA, WI

“We want to locate where residents are comfortable having a large distribution center as a neighbor, because, ultimately, joining a community is a symbiotic relationship. When we’re deciding where to invest $40 to $50 million of the company’s capital, it’s not only about economics. We want to be confident that our project will get the appropriate level of attention, the planning and permit process will go smoothly, and that there’s harmony in the community. It’s simple, but it doesn’t always happen.”

SEAN GRIFFIN • SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, UNFI • MADISON, WI

“The concentration of technology we need and partners we need here is remarkable. If you said, look anywhere in the world and choose a partner – the ones we wold choose are right here in Wisconsin.”

JIM PASKIND, President of Joint Ventures, , Salm Partners

“Wisconsin is known for its printing and paper-making industries, as well as the technical expertise of those who work in these fields, which makes the state an ideal location for Colbert.”

JIM HAMILTON • PRESIDENT, COLBERT PACKAGING • KENOSHA, WI