Food Processing in Cleveland Plus
Cleveland Plus is home to a thriving cluster of more than 370 food processing and manufacturing establishments that provide food and beverage products to consumers worldwide, including PepsiCo, H.J. Heinz, Nestlé USA, J.M. Smucker and Pillsbury.
A trained talent pool of nearly 22,000 food manufacturing and production workers, easy access to raw materials and suppliers, and an abundant supply of fresh water from Lake Erie make the Cleveland Plus region the location of choice for food processing businesses. This is evident by the increased investments of notable companies – such as Daisy Brand, Pepperidge Farm, Shearer’s and Nestlé to
name just a few – in the region in the last few
Resources to Ignite Your Business
Ohio is home to a variety of leading
food-related research centers. Specialized R&D relationships
among companies, universities and research institutions allow these
companies to grow and thrive. Your business can move to market even
faster by partnering with these institutions:
- The Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT)
- The Ohio State University Ohio Agriculture Research and Development Center (OARDC)
- Plant and Animal Agrosecurity Research (PAAR)
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Tools + Information
- Brand Castle
- Combi Packaging Systems
- Cres Cor
- Daisy Brand LLC
- Fresh Mark, Inc.
- Great Lakes Brewing Company
- H.J. Heinz
- Kaufman Container
- Nestlé USA
- Nickles Bakery
- Park Farms
- Pierre’s Ice Cream Company
- Shearer’s Foods
- Smith Dairy
- J.M. Smucker Company
- Summer Garden Foods
- Sugardale Foods
MAGNET assists advanced materials manufacturers, as well as
other manufacturers, in adopting innovative manufacturing
strategies and techniques.
The CIFT provides technical innovations and solutions to the
food processing, agribusiness and agricultural sectors of the
The OARDC is the largest and most comprehensive agricultural
bioscience research and development center in the country. It
collaborates with more than 150 global corporations annually,
providing an accelerator environment with individual offices, labs
and other working areas.
The PAAR is a facility within the OARDC designed to enable
researchers to study microscopic organisms that present serious
health risks to plants and food producing animals. The PAAR
facility is a biosafety level 3 (BSL-3) containment laboratory. It
is one of only two BSL-3 labs in the country that can do research
on large plants and animals. This is a tremendous asset that
develops new diagnostic tools, treatments, vaccines and genetically
resistant animals and plants that reduce economic losses from
disease and pets and make our food supply safer.
- The Cleveland Plus region contains a trained talent pool of
nearly 18,000 food manufacturing and production workers.
- The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical
Institute’s Regional Food Processing Training Consortium
provides companies with cost effective technical and industrial