Categories: Food & Agribusiness

Food and Agribusiness are the largest industry in Ohio, boasting hundreds of companies that cultivate, process, package, distribute and market food and drinks enjoyed by consumers around the world. The proximity to and relationships with industry and academic partners result in faster, more affordable access to every part of the supply chain. Companies at any point in the supply chain have access to the partners they need to succeed in Ohio. 

Ohio’s economic development pipeline has a steady flow of many investments from food companies – large and small – across the full food value chain, with a substantial portion of investments coming from food manufacturers. JobsOhio has worked diligently with regional and local economic development officials to ensure that Ohio food manufacturers have the resources they need to grow, innovate, and serve customers worldwide.  

With Nestle Purina PetCare planning to build a New $550M factory in Williamsburg Township, Ohio’s food and agribusiness industry is rich and growing. Find out more about how to grow your business in Ohio. 

80 Acres Farms to Establish Permanent HQ in Ohio, Create 125 Jobs

Hydroponic company will launch a pilot farm and work with new joint venture
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80 Acres Farms uses hydroponics to grow healthy, delicious produce year-round. As the company scales and launches joint ventures to better serve customers, 80 Acres Farms will establish some of its most important operations in Ohio.

Kroger and Ocado Break Ground in Ohio on U.S.’s First-Ever Robotic Warehouse

Kroger and Ocado Break Ground in Ohio on U.S.’s First-Ever Robotic Warehouse

$55 million high-tech facility will create over 400 jobs
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Online shopping is on the rise and expected to grow exponentially within the next few years. Grocery leader Kroger and U.K.-based Ocado are partnering on a U.S. first-of-its-kind robotics warehouse that will bring customers fresher food faster than before while providing seamless customer service anywhere, anytime.

Popular City Barbeque Cooks Up an Expansion in Central Ohio

Ohio-based restaurant chain will add an R&D center, test kitchen and training facility
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City Barbeque, an American restaurant chain founded and based in central Ohio, plans to expand its operations in the region, creating 35 new jobs and investing nearly $1 million.

Phillips Meat Processing Expands Driven by Kroger Demand

Renovation and expansion includes improved freshness, productivity and capacity
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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
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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.

Canada-Based Produce Grower Chooses Ohio for Its Greenhouse Operations in U.S.

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Golden Fresh Farms cultivates 52 full-time positions and invests $22.5 million.

World’s Largest Food Manufacturer to Expand in Solon

World’s Largest Food Manufacturer to Expand in Solon

Nestlé USA commits 300+ jobs
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Nestlé USA relocates 300 jobs from California to Solon, Ohio. This move strategically places more operations closer to its factories. Technical, production and supply chain roles add $41 million in new payroll and will join the existing 2,000 employees at the Northeast Ohio campus.

Nestlé’s Latest Investment in R&D Means Job Growth in Ohio

$31 Million Investment Expands Dublin Product Testing Lab
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Nestlé is upgrading its Quality Assurance Center in Dublin, Ohio. The company invests $31 million to add a 32,000-square-foot microbiology lab, and an additional $10 million worth of testing equipment. This boost makes the R&D center the company’s most sophisticated center yet and it will help Nestlé achieve its goal of becoming a world leader in customer health.