Recipe for Success

Arkansas knows the food and beverage industry. We're home to Tyson Foods, one of the world’s largest food companies, and manufacturing facilities for some of the top companies in the industry, including PepsiCo, Nestle, JBS USA, Kraft Heinz, and many others. We're also an agricultural leader, producing 49 percent of all the rice in the United States. The Arkansas Economic Development Commission works diligently to assist food and beverage companies looking to start-up, expand or relocate. With a streamlined state government, competitive incentive programs, and available sites, we're ready to help food and beverage companies succeed here.


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. 


  • 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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