Food processing companies have found a home in Georgia and represent one of our largest industry clusters. In fact, more than 175 food processing companies have invested $2.3 billion in our state over the past 10 years. Additionally, 38 of the country’s top 100 food processing companies have operations in Georgia including major brands like Kellogg, Kings Hawaiian, Hostess, The Coca-Cola Company, General Mills, Pillsbury and Tyson Foods.
The state’s agribusiness economy is one of the most significant ingredients for the success of food businesses in Georgia. These companies have an opportunity to increase efficiency and profitability with a robust transportation network, Georgia’s mature agribusiness infrastructure, and our skilled workforce.
Companies worldwide are choosing Georgia as the prime location to position themselves for success. Most recently, Diana Food announced their decision to create more than 80 jobs and invest $50 million in a food processing, manufacturing and research and development facility in Banks County.
Diana Food manufactures a wide range of clean ingredients with a guarantee of product quality, traceability and food safety. The company has more than 1,000 employees, nine production plants, 11 sales offices and seven research and development facilities. This new facility in Banks County will be predominantly dedicated to meat processing.
Colorado Premium also just announced plans to create 190 jobs and invest $15 million in a Carroll County food processing plant by the end of 2018. The company supplies major consumer-ready meats to U.S. retailers and restaurant chains. Colorado Premium also co-packs specialty items for packing companies across the nation.
These January 2017 announcements are a testament to the role our thriving food processing and existing manufacturing industries play in attracting new businesses to our state. We look forward to more food companies choosing Georgia for their operations!