Get the new Food & Beverage Industry Report

 February 27, 2019

What do you think of when it comes to the food and beverage industry in Arkansas? For some, it may be Tyson Foods, one of the world’s largest food companies. And you may know Arkansas as a major rice producer, since 49% of the nation’s rice is produced here. Of course, we’re also well-known for our barbeque, cheese dip, and craft beer.

But you may not know that 23 out of the top 25 food and beverage companies by revenue in the world have manufacturing facilities in Arkansas. In fact, the food and beverage industry is booming here. In 2017, more than 300 food and beverage companies employed nearly 50,000 Arkansans, and a higher percentage of employed Arkansans work in the food industry than in any other state.

To deliver the full menu of data to you, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission has just published the Food and Beverage Industry Report. In it, you’ll find the most up-to-date stats on what’s happening in the industry here, including a breakdown of the workforce and operations by industry subcategories; the education, training and professional development resources; and you’ll learn how Arkansas is leading the way in food traceability using blockchain technology.

You’ll also see a list of some of the companies that are finding success here, including a case study on Frito-Lay and its growing operation in Jonesboro. The report includes maps, infographics, and links to blog posts and other helpful resources.

So, download the Arkansas Food and Beverage Report, and dive into a full-serving of all things food and beverage. It pairs well with a side of cheese dip and a craft beer.