Pennsylvania is a leader in food processing and is known for the variety and quality of both is produce and manufactured food products. From meat and poultry to chocolate and baked goods, the food processing industry in Pennsylvania accounts for $22 billion in annual sales and ranks it fourth in production in the nation. Currently, there are 66,600 employed by the food manufacturing industry.
The commonwealth's agribusiness industry includes businesses directly engaged in or directly benefitting from agricultural activities. Businesses in this industry may produce agricultural commodities, purchase agricultural produce, or supply goods and services to farms and the agriculture industry. Agribusiness focuses on the food-supply chain up to, but not including, the point of retail sale.
Pennsylvania ships $30.4 billion worth of food products every year, ranking it among the highest producers in the country. In 2010, Pennsylvania's crop and animal production industries contributed $2.6 billion to the state Gross Domestic Product, and the food, beverage, and tobacco industries contributed $8.1 billion.
The state's 2,300 food processing companies rank 1st nationally in the sale of chocolate and cocoa products, 2nd in break and baked foods and animal food manufacturing, and 4th in the sale of potato chips and similar snacks. Pennsylvania's meat, poultry, and fish products generate more than $4.3 billion in sales annually. The commonwealth also leads the United States in mushroom production, and an annual production of more than 425 million pounds, valuing $330.7 million per year.
Utz, Herr's, and Martin's are just a few of the popular snack food companies with their headquarters located in Pennsylvania. Their prominence (and that of other brands) has earned Pennsylvania the moniker, "Snack Food Capital of the World." Other food processing establishments located in the state include large, internationally-known companies such as American Home Foods, Beech-Nut, Campbell's Soup, Hershey Foods, Heinz, Kellogg's, Kraft, M&M Mars, Quaker Oats, Stroehmann Bakeries, and Tyson Foods.
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