Food & Flavoring

Northern Kentucky is well-poised to support the entire food manufacturing supply chain from R&D to manufacturing, packaging and distribution. The strong talent base of both professional and production workers has attracted ADM's global technology center, Tyson Food's Hillshire Brands production facility, Kellog's Keebler cookie manufacturing line, and Castellini's fresh produce distribution headquarters.


  • Industry Expertise: Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky are the #2 most competitive location in the US for food and beverage production. (Source: World's Most Competitive Cities, Site Selection 2015)
  • Cost: Northern Kentucky offers a lower cost business climate than other metros that specialize in food, including Dallas, Chicago, and Atlanta. (Source: KPMG Competitive Alternatives Report, 2016)
  • Location: Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky are the #1 location in the country for population served within one day's drive. (Source: Claritas, 2016)


With a labor shed of over 1.1 million people and more than 11,500 people currently employed in food processing and food manufacturing, Northern Kentucky offers both professional and production workers to supply the food and flavoring industries. Northern Kentucky also offers a comparable, if not lower, labor cost compared to metros like Dallas, Atlanta and Chicago.

Major Companies - See them on a map

Processing & Manufacturing R&D
Givaudan Flavors Lyons Magnus
Kellogg Snacks Newly Weds Foods
Perfetti Van Melle WILD Flavors
Tyson Foods - Hillshire Brands ZoomEssence
Distribution Technology & Shared Services
Castellini Company ADM Global Technology Center
Club Chef  
McLane Food Service  
Schwan's Global Supply Chain  

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Wade Williams
SVP, Business Development

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