Food, Flavor & Beverage Industry Leaders Choose Northern Kentucky

Strategically positioned to create, make, package and distribute food, flavors, candy, beer, spirits and perishables, Northern Kentucky is experiencing high growth and expansion in food research, manufacturing and distribution. Our region is also home to nationally recognized craft breweries and distilleries.

SUPERIOR SUPPLY CHAIN ADVANTAGES

  • NKY Right to WorkIdeal for Talent: The Cincinnati region is the #1 best city in the nation for college graduates. (Source: SmartAsset 2020)
  • 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: The Cincinnati region and Northern Kentucky are the #1 location in the country for population served within one day’s drive. (Source: Claritas, 2018)

LOCALLY-SOURCED TALENT

With a labor shed of over 1.1 million people and more than 10,000 people currently employed in food R&D, processing and 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.

Job Title Empl. Avg. Annual Wages Avg. % Growth, Cincinnati
MSA
Avg. % Growth, USA
Bakers 1,425 $30,800 3.1% 2.1%
Butchers, Slaughterers, Packers,
Cutters & Trimmers
2,889 $26,567 -3.0% -1.5%
Food Batchmakers 1,608 $36,500 8.4% 4.8%
Food Cooking Machine Operators
& Tenders
361 $33,200 1.7% -1.3%
Food Scientists & Technologists 142 $91,000 4.3% 2.3%
Food Science Technicians 118 $50,000 6.0% 4.4%
Meat, Poultry, Fish Cutters &
Trimmers
764 $24,600 -1.2% 0.6%
Mechanical Engineering
Technicians
461 $54,600 1.4% 1.2%
Mechanical Engineers 2,789 $88,100 3.1% 3.2%
Total 10,557 $48,374

Source: JobsEQ, 2019

MAJOR NORTHERN KENTUCKY FOOD, FLAVOR & BEVERAGE COMPANIES

More than 30 food and flavor companies, breweries and distilleries are already located in Northern Kentucky, with additional companies located throughout the Cincinnati region.

Northern Kentucky has an array of food and flavor companies.

COMPANIES THAT CALL NORTHERN KENTUCKY HOME

ADM Global Technology Center McLane Food Service
Boone County Distilling Co. Newly Weds Foods
Braxton Brewing Company New Riff Distilling
Castellini Perfetti van Melle USA
Darling Ingredients Schwan’s Global Supply Chain
Ferrara Tyson Foods – Hillshire Brands
Galerie United Dairy Farmers
Givaudan Flavors Wild Flavors
Lyons Magnus ZoomEssence