Recipe for Success
Arkansas Food & Beverage - By the Numbers
- At the end of 2017, there were 341 food and beverage companies in Arkansas, employing 48,770 people.
- Between January 2015 and June 2018, there have been 66 economic development projects in the food and beverage manufacturing industry, with 2,204 new jobs and $1.5 billion of proposed investments.
MEETING THE WORKFORCE NEED
- 23 of the top 25 food and beverage companies by revenue in the world have manufacturing facilities in the state.
- Arkansas has the second largest number of food processing workers in the U.S.
- 341 companies employed nearly 50,000 Arkansans in the Food and Beverage Industry at the end of 2017.
Arkansas Agriculture Rankings
- #1 in rice production
- #2 for broilers
- #3 catfish
- #4 cotton and cottonseed
- #5 turkeys
- #10 grain sorghum and chicken eggs
- #11 soybeans
- Three U.S. Interstates connecting east and west coasts, and the Canada and Mexico borders, including I-30, I-55, and I-40
- 16,418 miles of state and U.S. Highways – 12th largest system in the U.S.
- Eight Intermodal freight facilities with four riverports
- 2,505 miles of rail and three Class 1 rail systems
- #3 in the nation with 1,000 miles of inland, navigable waterways
- More than 90 public airports including Clinton National, Northwest Arkansas Regional, and close proximity to Memphis International Airport and the Fed-Ex hub
- 45 colleges, universities & 2-year colleges
- That state offers a wide range of education and training programs for food and beverage industry professionals.
- AEDC’s Manufacturing Solutions offers multiple workshops and training sessions beneficial to businesses involved in the food and beverage industry.
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