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 more than 200 food and beverage operations that together generate $2.8 billion in annual economic output.
The food and beverage industry in the Columbus Region taps into a strong logistics and manufacturing workforce with production experience across industries.
Among the 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:
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One of 12 flagship Budweiser breweries in the U.S.
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A leading producer of soft drinks
A leader in coffee roasting and education
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.