Kentucky boasts many success stories within the food and beverage industry. The agriculture industry is historically seen a driving force as 55 percent of the state's total acreage is farmland and Kentucky is ranked fourth in the nation for total number of farms. But Kentucky is not only home to many farms, there are also 270 food and beverage-related firms that process those raw materials. Kentucky is for example home to large European food manufacturers like Bel, Nestlé and Unilever. Their major production facilities produce for example BabyBel cheese, Pop-Tarts and Nutrigrain bars, Hot Pocket snacks, sandwiches or pasta sauces. Another big name is the company Wild, which produces flavors, that add to the taste of millions of products around the globe.
In addition, Kentucky is obviously known for its legendary bourbon industry, which produces 95 percent of all the bourbon in the world. Companies such as Beam Suntory, Diageo, Brown-Forman, Maker's Mark, Wild Turkey, Buffalo Trace, Barton 1792, the Bardstown Bourbon Company and Four Roses Distillery all announced new location or expansion projects in Kentucky in 2014.
Kentucky is also home to the headquarters of companies like Papa John's Pizza, Yum Brands, Texas Roadhouse or Brown-Forman, the latter well known in Europe for its brands Jack Daniels and Finlandia. Yum Brands owns the brands Pizza Hut, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Taco Bell.