Food Processing

Food Processing in Illinois

Illinois Agriculture and Food Industry

Food production is Illinois's second largest manufacturing activity, with more than 950 food manufacturing companies located in the state. Illinois is also a leading producer of soybeans, corn, and swine in the US, and accounts for nearly 7% of all US agricultural exports. In 2014 alone
agriculture contributed more than $20 billion to the state's economy, and food processing has become Illinois' leading manufacturing activity, contributing more than $13 billion to the value of agricultural products. The state is home to more than 2,500 food processors, including global
powerhouses Sara Lee, Heinz Kraft and ADM. The latter recently opened its global headquarters in Chicago, with its North American administrative offices headquartered in Decatur. A huge advantage to the the state's agribusinesses is access to research and development institutions, such as the National Center for Food Safety and Technology, and the state university systems.

A closer look at a few of our flagship companies:

Kraft Foods: A worldwide manufacturing and processing conglomerate that became the fifth largest global food and beverage company following its merger with Heinz. Kraft's notable brands include Oscar Mayer, Vegemite, Grey Poupon, Jell-O, and Maxwell House.

Keebler Company: The largest cookie and cracker manufacturer in the United States. Their widely distributed, packaged cookies are associated with their universally recognized icon—the Keebler Elves.

ConAgra Foods: A large food processing and packaging company who moved in just this year. ConAgra produces a wide array of food products including cooking oil, frozen dinners, hot cocoa, and hot dogs under popular brands such as Slim Jim and Healthy Choice.



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