The state of Ohio ranks nationally as a top five producer of bakery, dairy, snacks, spices, soft drinks, beer, wine and spirits. At its center, the Columbus Region is home to 189 food and beverage establishments that together generate $1.9 billion in annual economic output.
Food and beverage operations in the Columbus Region tap into a strong logistics and manufacturing workforce with production experience across industries.
Among the dozens of production programs across all levels of attainment, The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences offers several programs specific to food and beverage science, technology and production.
In addition, the Columbus Region is a highly collaborative market, and operations in the Region have the benefit of close proximity to leading institutional resources with which to partner:
Culinary entrepreneurs from the coasts are finding success in Columbus.
“We want to grow this business. We want it to be significantly bigger than it is,” CEO Tom Krouse said.
The founder of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is shooting to “be a household name in American kitchens” in the next three years.
The parent company of more than 30 popular adult beverages including Bud Light, Michelob Ultra, Shock Top and Spiked Seltzer
Scottish craft brewer, opening its first location in the Columbus Region
A leading producer of soft drinks
A leader in coffee roasting and education
Manufacturer of confectionaries, food and beverage
One of the world’s leading pet care providers, responsible for brands like Pedigree, Royal Canin and IAMS
Largest food company in the world’s lead Quality Assurance Center in the Americas
A leading fast food restaurant with locations around the U.S. and abroad
A manufacturer of plant-based snacks with an emphasis on health
Food and beverage establishments in the Region benefit from close proximity to leading research institutions like Battelle and The Ohio State University.
Operations in the Columbus Region can tap into a strong manufacturing workforce with production experience across industries including food and beverage.