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#IFT16 – Why Iowa is the best place for food and ingredient manufacturers

July 15, 2016

IFT16 attendees, if you want to be near where your ingredients originate, locate in Iowa. Among U.S. states, Iowa is:

  • #1 in corn production
  • #1 in soybean production
  • #1 in pork production
  • #1 in egg production
  • #2 in red meat production

Iowa is home to the largest cereal mill, caramel color plant and spice plant in the country. Twenty  percent of Iowa’s manufacturing GDP comes from food processing, with companies like Ajinomoto, Barilla, Cargill, Hormel, Kraft Heinz, Nestlé, Quaker and Tyson in the state.

We also have an educated, dedicated workforce, an extensive transportation network, one of the country’s most favorable business climates and development-ready certified sites.  To learn more, visit Iowa booth 1405 at IFT16, or contact the Iowa Economic Development Authority at



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