Food & Beverage Manufacturing

Northeast Ohio is home to more than 300 food manufacturing companies including PepsiCo, H.J. Heinz, Nestle USA, J.M. Smucker and Pillsbury. These major food manufacturing companies have developed a trained pool of nearly 18,000 workers experienced in this industry. The availability of a trained workforce, combined with access to raw materials and an abundant supply of fresh water have made the region attractive to the food manufacturing industry.

Due to its excellent central location and transportation accessibility within Northeast Ohio, Independence is well-located to grow and capture food manufacturing activity. Independence food manufacturing companies, such as Signature Sauces, benefit from the logistical advantages of being located in the heart of Cuyahoga County and Northeast Ohio.

While the food manufacturing industry is diverse, there are some general components of the industry for which Independence is particularly competitive.

  • ProductionFood Catering and Regional Distribution. Because of Independence’s central location and accessibility, it is well-suited as center for foodservice catering, supply and distribution within Northeast Ohio.
    • Sugar and Confectionary Manufacturing (3113)
    • Fruit & Vegetable Preserving; Specialty Food Manufacturing (3114)
    • Bakeries (3118)

For more information about how your company can explore opportunities in Independence, contact the Economic Development Department at 216-524-4131.