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Top Food Manufacturing Companies in the U.S.

Posted by IndustrySelect on Wednesday, April 8, 2020

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Under the threat of the coronavirus, many manufacturers have been forced to shut down.

Food manufacturing companies are still up and running because the federal government has deemed this industry critical to the health and well-being of our nation.

About U.S. Food Manufacturing

The United States has 22,485 food processing plants. A majority of these companies, 88%, are privately owned.

They support U.S. jobs in other industries, domestically sourcing 90% of their materials.

Food processing companies are relatively evenly distributed around the country. You'll find 31% of the plants in the Midwest, 25% in the South, 26% in the West and 17% in the Northeast.

Compared this to total U.S. manufacturing, which is more heavily concentrated in the Midwest and South.

Top 9 Food Manufacturing Companies in the U.S.


About the Top 9 Food Manufacturing Companies

Plants of the largest food processing companies feeding us in this challenging time are spotlighted here.

1. Agropur provides nutritious solutions for the dairy, nutritional and food processing industries. This company employs 8,800 workers in Appleton, Wis.

In a time when all are acutely aware of our dependence on each other, Agropur dedicates itself to social responsibility. Its processes are designed to protect the planet and the life that inhabits it.

2. Anheuser-Busch InBev puts 7,000 people to work in Fort Collins, Colo., producing beer and ale. This company believes in responsible global sourcing and is committed to respecting the rights of workers everywhere.

Anheuser-Busch beer masters combine time-honored wisdom with innovations to create beers loved worldwide. The company has no intention of slowing down and plans to provide high-quality beer for years to come.

3. Smithfield Foods Inc. employs 5,000 workers in Tar Heel, N.C. The plant specializes in pork processing and slaughtering.

A variety of Smithfield brands are found across the country and around the world.

4. At the Coca-Cola Co., in Atlanta, Ga., 4,750 workers produce beverage concentrates and syrups. Coca-Cola aims to refresh the world, and when could we need it more?

The company is dedicated to improving both the health of its customers and the planet we live on by reducing sugar in its products and increasing sustainability.

5. At the Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. plant in Amarillo, Texas, 4,200 employees are involved in meat processing and the evolving field of meat packaging. Tyson has been leading the meat supply market for 60 years. In addition to better food preservation and improved consumer convenience, Tyson is reducing waste for a cleaner environment.

The company's Progressive Beef and Fresh Meats programs ensure high-quality cattle care, food safety and sustainability. Tyson also offers its customers a three-step plan for increasing sales.

6. Let's revisit Anheuser-Busch InBev Worldwide, Inc., at its plant in St. Louis, Mo., where a staff of 4,000 brews beer and ale. This facility, opened in 1852, is more than a brewery; it's a landmark, with soaring ceilings, chandeliers and the famous Clydesdale horses.

Saint Louis is the home of brands such as Budweiser, Bud Light, Busch and many more.

7. Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc. in Dakota City, Neb., is home to 4,000 workers processing and packaging beef. In 2016 the plant, which processes more beef than anywhere else in the world, celebrated its 50th anniversary. Over the years, upgrades have allowed for vacuum packaging and boxed meat shipping.

8. Poultry processing at the Pilgrim's Pride Corp. West Plant provides 3,800 jobs in Mount Pleasant, Texas. Brands include Pilgrim's Chicken®, Just Bare Chicken®, Gold'n Plump®, Moy Park®, Pilgrim's Fresco® and Pilgrim's Value Added®.

9. The 3,500 staff members at the Cargill Inc. facility in Wayzata, Minn., process an array of products including dairy, meat, poultry, cocoa, feed and agricultural supplies. Cargill is working 24 hours a day with farmers, food retailers and service providers during the current crisis.

Through this time, Cargill continues its policies of safety, responsibility and sustainability. Over decades, this 150-year-old company has been helping farmers find markets and bringing consumers the products they need.

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