Food and Beverage Processing
Food processing is one of the largest manufacturing sectors in Virginia, representing 34,500 jobs and a direct economic output of $25.2 billion. Hampton Roads has a large food manufacturing cluster which offers food processing companies located in the area a competitive advantage because of the availability of industry-specific resources.
Companies such as Smithfield Foods, the largest pork producer in the world, call the region home. Founded in Hampton Roads, it has grown to become a global food company with a presence in 12 countries. Additionally, companies like Kraft Foods, Lipton/Unilever, Massimo Zanetti Beverages and High Liner Foods continue to expand.
- Anheuser-Busch InBev
- Birdsong Peanuts Corporation
- High Liner Foods, Inc.
- Keurig Green Mountain
- Kraft/Heinz Company
- La Tienda Specialty Foods
- Marva Maid
- Massimo Zanetti Beverages, USA
- Unilever/ Lipton
Regional Industry Highlights
- 47 hour rail transit time to Chicago
- Central location on the Atlantic Coast with 47% of US population within a one-day drive of the port
- The Port of Virginia is served by every major shipping line and offers direct service to 80+ ports worldwide
- 3 million square feet freezer and cooler space within a 20 minute drive of The Port of Virginia’s terminals
- Cold storage warehouses are close to 6 major highways, reducing transportation and costs
- Approximately 8,000 people within the region are employed in Hampton Roads’ food and beverage processing industry.
- Workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance are among the lowest in the nation.
- Right-to-work laws allow individuals to work regardless of membership in a labor union.
- Culinary Institute of Virginia: College of Culinary Arts of ECPI University
- The Pruden Center for Industry and Technology
- The Art Institute of Virginia Beach
- Tidewater Community College: The Culinary Arts Program
- Stratford University: Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management