Food Processing


Workers prepare frozen foods at Bellisio Foods in Jackson, OH.

Ohio employs almost 60,000 employees in more than 10,000 food processing facilities. Ohio ranks second in the nation for fruit and vegetable processing and for the production of specialty foods. The state ranks 3rd in bakery output, 4th in production of animal foods and dairy products, and 5th in manufacturing of other food products, including teas, coffees, seasonings, sauces, dressings, syrups, snacks and roasted nuts. Bellisio Foods and General Mills anchor Southern Ohio’s food processing industry and provide jobs to over 2500 workers across the region.

Southern Ohio offers a number of benefits that make it an ideal location for food processing and distribution:

  • Access to over 110 million people live within a day’s drive. That’s 60% of the North American population!
  • An abundant supply of clean water from the Teays Valley Aquifer.
  • An efficient transportation hub that includes highways, rail, air, and rivers.
  • A large, dedicated, well-trained workforce.


Representative Southern Ohio Employers
Employer Description Location Approx. # Employees in Region
Bellisio Foods Frozen foods Jackson, Ohio 1326
G&J Pepsi-Cola Bottlers, Inc. Bottling Franklin Furnace, Ohio 350
General Mills Frozen foods Wellston, Ohio 1091
Herr Foods, Inc. Snack food manufacturing Chillicothe, Ohio 50
Speyside Bourbon Cooperage New bourbon casks Jackson, Ohio 35

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