Food Processing & Manufacturing

Leading the nation in agriculture and food & drink processing

Across Pennsylvania, Food Processors and Manufacturers are Growing

Our strategic location means that product can reach 40% of the U.S. population and 60% of the Canadian population within a day’s drive. The commonwealth offers plentiful available sites for new or expanding operations, and the strength of our workforce means that food manufacturers have a deep pool of talent to recruit workers. It’s no wonder that our agribusiness, food, and beverage production industry supports one out of every 10 jobs in Pennsylvania and represents $26.9 billion in earnings. After all, there’s a reason why household name brands like Heinz and Hershey’s have called Pennsylvania home for more than a century.

The success of our food and beverage industry has enabled downstream operations to flourish as well. Two aluminum canning companies, Ball Corporation and CANPACK, as well as food packaging manufacturer Cardbox Packaging recently located to Pennsylvania due in part to the opportunities presented by our food and beverage manufacturing sector. With assistance from the commonwealth through the Governor’s Action Team, these projects are part of a thriving food and beverage manufacturing ecosystem benefitting from robust state support.

Our food and beverage sector is poised for continued growth. Find out why Pennsylvania is the best place for your food processing and manufacturing company to grow with it.

Explore the Data

Notable PA Businesses

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Facts and Rankings


in Mushroom Production

Mushroom Farmers of Pennsylvania


in Craft Beer Production

Brewers Association


in Wine Production

Pennsylvania Wine Association


Billion in Economic Impact

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Funding & Resources

Penn State Extension

Penn State Extension helps individuals, businesses, and communities address problems and realize opportunities through a robust portfolio of educational programs, products, and services. With support from federal, state, and county governments, extension offers unbiased information and science-based support for Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry.

First Industries Fund

The First Industries Fund supports Pennsylvania’s agriculture and tourism sectors through low interest loans. These loans can be used for land and building acquisition, construction, machinery, and equipment upgrades.

Agricultural Business Development Center (ABDC)

Established as part of the 2019 PA Farm Bill, the Agricultural Business Development Center (ABDC) supports the long-term vitality of Pennsylvania’s farms, strategic farm expansion, diversification of agricultural production, and offer financial and technical expertise as a resource for the industry.

PA Preferred Program

The PA Preferred Program is the official brand of agriculture products made in Pennsylvania. The program promotes agricultural products grown and produced in Pennsylvania as part of public-private partnership between the PA Department of Agriculture and companies.

PA Food Manufacturers Directory

The PA Department of Agriculture, in partnership with Saint Joseph’s University’s Center for Food Marketing created the PA Food Manufacturers Directory. The database includes Pennsylvania companies that offer food co-packing and private label manufacturing services to help businesses scale up production.

Jared Grissinger

Project Manager

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