Ohio boasts a remarkable concentration of companies that cultivate, process, distribute, and market foods and drinks enjoyed by consumers around the world. We’re among the top five U.S. producers of bakery, dairy, snacks, spices, and other products. Overall, Ohio’s agriculture sector is benefiting from a low interest rate environment and competitive exchange rate.

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Production

Increase your output with skills and capacity

Ohio is an industry leader in fruit and vegetable processing, animal foods, dairy production and number of bakeries.

2nd in fruit and vegetable processing; 2nd in animal foods; 4th in dairy production; 4th in bakeries

Location

World-class logistics that help your business thrive

Get your products to market faster. Ohio is ranked 2nd in CNBC’s 2010 study of state transportation systems. With 5 international airports, 3 major regional airports amd 3 cargo hubs, Ohio’s intermodal transport opportunities provide seamless air-to-rail, air-to-highway and air-to-water connectivity.

Ohio is in the heart of the U.S. Grain Belt

R&D

Work where discoveries are happening

Leading research centers

Move your ideas to market faster and benefit from applied research by partnering with Ohio’s innovators in agribusiness and agbiosciences.

Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT)
Works to make sector more competitive by developing emerging technologies, novel business approaches, and industry best practices.

Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center
Conducts relevant research on sustainable food and agricultural products, safe and healthy food, natural resources and the environment, and more.

Workforce

Highly skilled employees in your industry

Ohio employs over 60,000 workers at almost 1000 food and beverage production plants

Ohio offers an abundance of skilled, educated employees —from seasoned executives and high-achieving college graduates to generations of skilled trade professionals.

Learn more about the many ways Ohio offers access to talent.

Education

Aligned with the demands of modern business

Ohio’s public and private universities supply well-prepared employees to our workforce. And robust academic/industry collaboration helps commercialize technology and spur innovation. You’ll find food sciences programs at several institutions, including:

Site Selection

Narrow your building and location choices

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Partners

Maximize your marketability

Plant your business in a rich and thriving business environment. Ohio has 14.3 million acres of land dedicated to agriculture and an extensive supply chain that supports a robust food processing industry.

These and other major corporations have significant operations in Ohio.

We feed supermarkets around the country. Notable food production companies in Ohio include Archer-Daniels-Midland, Bob Evans Farms, Campbell Soup, ConAgra, Dannon, General Mills, HJ Heinz, JM Smucker, Kroger, Lancaster Colony, Land O’Lakes, Nestle and Pierre Foods, among others.

Industry-leading beverage companies with operations in Ohio include Anheuser-Busch-InBev, Coca-Cola, Miller-Coors and PepsiCo. A highly efficient network of highways and other transportation modes provides logistical advantages that move products fast.

Ohio ranks second in the nation for fruit and vegetable processing and the production of specialty foods. We rank 3rd in bakery output, 4th in production of animal foods and dairy products and 5th in manufacturing other food products, including teas, coffees, seasonings, sauces, dressings, syrups, snacks and roasted nuts.

Get In Touch

Aaron Pitts
Managing Director
Phone: 614-224-6446