Food and Agribusiness

A Full Supply Chain from Farm-to-Table

A Full Supply Chain from Farm-to-Table

14 million acres devoted to agriculture, abundant fresh water and a farm-to-table supply chain guarantee better foods and beverages consumers want.

The quality of food is a priority as health-conscious consumers seek the freshest foods. Ohio has the concentration of food industry resources to keep up with this demand. Whether a farm or manufacturer, cold storage facility or grocery giant, Ohio’s food industry is among the best in the U.S.

In Ohio, you can:

  • Access a complete end-to-end value chain. Ohio’s farmlands produce soybeans, corn, dairy, wheat, eggs and hogs. From there, companies can connect with the state’s food manufacturers, packagers, distributors, retailers and customers.
  • 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 and the Center for Innovative Food Technology, as well as resources in Cincinnati, the second largest hub for flavoring research in the U.S. Organizations like the Ohio Farm Bureau are also available for support.
  • Leverage assets that make doing business more affordable, 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.

The Top Three Factors Disrupting the Food Industry

The Top Three Factors Disrupting the Food Industry

These three trends are causing significant shifts in the Ohio and U.S. food industries
Joe Needham, Director, JobsOhio
May 29, 2019

Three trends are impacting disruptions in the food industry. Consolidations, technology and a lean toward healthier foods are among the factors that food companies should be paying attention to today to set goals and expectations for operations moving forward.

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From Farm to Consumer: Breaking Down Ohio’s Food Value Chain

An overview of Ohio’s food assets using numbers, charts and graphics
Joe Needham, Director, JobsOhio
May 15, 2019

One of the reasons that Ohio is a predominant state for food and agribusiness is that there is productive farmland, abundant fresh water and a complete value chain – grain, livestock, processing, manufacturing, packaging, and distribution. Take an in-depth look at Ohio’s end-to-end food industry through graphics, numbers and facts.

Turning Disruption into Opportunity Within Ohio’s Food Industry

Turning Disruption into Opportunity Within Ohio’s Food Industry

Disruptions in the food industry present the chance to seize opportunities in Ohio
Joe Needham, Director, JobsOhio
April 30, 2019

Ohio’s end-to-end supply chain from farm to consumer is an advantage of operating within the state. Trends in the evolving food and agribusiness industry worldwide are creating gaps of potential. Now is the time for companies to seize these opportunities and for Ohio’s economic development network to support them.

A Taste of Leadership: Why Food and Flavoring Companies Can’t Resist Ohio

A Taste of Leadership: Why Food and Flavoring Companies Can’t Resist Ohio

Ohio’s concentration of food companies, R&D resources and markets have been giving companies a competitive edge for generations.
Andrea Enders, manager of business development and project management, REDI Cincinnati
November 14, 2018

Companies that want to make their food products more desirable than other brands need to be looking to Ohio. Ohio’s booming food and agribusiness industry consists of an end-to-end food value chain and a multifaceted infrastructure for quick and affordable access to consumers and suppliers. As consumer trends and preferences continue to evolve, companies can collaborate, innovate and produce many of the world’s most widely available food and beverage products – all from Ohio!

Phillips Meat Processing Expands Driven by Kroger Demand

Renovation and expansion includes improved freshness, productivity and capacity
July 31, 2018

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.

Highly-Automated Food Distribution Center Opens in Findlay

Highly-Automated Food Distribution Center Opens in Findlay

High-tech location will employ 400
December 4, 2017

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.

Nestlé

Nestlé

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.