Advanced Manufacturing

Food and Ingredients

Feeding the World

It’s no secret that Iowa dominates in the global agriculture department, owning the number one position in corn, eggs, pork and soybean production. The state’s nutrient-rich land, low-cost of doing business, excellent transportation infrastructure and quality workforce has attracted nearly every major food brand to set-up significant operations. In fact, 36 of the largest 100 food manufacturers have Iowa operations, including global companies like Barilla, Heinz, Hormel, Nestle, Tyson, Quaker Oats and Wells Enterprisesthe maker of Blue Bunny ice cream. From breakfast to dessert; Iowa has you covered. 

#1

producer of eggs, corn, pork and soybeans

USDA, 2016
#5

highest concentration of food scientists in the U.S.

BLS, 2015
#2

lowest cost of doing business in the country

CNBC, 2016

Iowa's food manufacturers and producers

Barilla
General Mills
Heinz
Hormel
Kraft
Nestle
Rembrandt Foods
Tyson

North America's largest cereal mill, caramel color plant and spice plant are located in Iowa.

At the heart of the heartland

You can get there from here

Iowa Transportation Map
Iowa Transportation Map
Circles at 300 miles (482.8km), 600 miles (965.6km), and 1,000 miles (1,609.3km)

Iowa has programs that support employers who locate, expand or modernize facilities in the state.

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