Widely known as America’s Dairyland with rich histories in cheese, beer and sausage, Wisconsin – and Kenosha County – continues to be at the forefront of an ever evolving food industry.
Kenosha County’s thriving food & beverage industry
Southeast Wisconsin’s boasts the highest concentration of food processing industry workforce among the 50 largest U.S. metros. In Kenosha County, there are more than 3,000 employees at twenty unique companies. They work at legacy companies like Ocean Spray and Kenosha Beef, as well as all companies like all-natural foods producer Good Foods Group and the AquaPonics facility Aqua Terra Farms that have more recently chosen Kenosha County as the best location for their business.
Kenosha County is home to more than 20 companies in the food processing industry. These companies employ more than 1,300 people with an annual payroll of $51,861,029.
Kenosha County’s food and beverage industry’s previous success has made it poised for growth. Our companies are innovating and expanding and entering new markets specifically in the areas of all-natural and whole foods, beverage production and locally grown/made artisan offerings.
Wisconsin ranks no. 4 in the U.S. for food manufactured products.
Kenosha County is strategically located at the intersection of Wisconsin’s bountiful agricultural industry and a robust transportation network that efficiently connects to the rest of the country. It offers a concentration of important support industries and resources, high-quality, abundant water, and a highly skilled workforce – to take your products from being locally grown and regionally made to consumed around the world.
Abundant Water = More Competitive Rates
The Milwaukee Region offers the lowest water and wastewater treatment rates among the nation’s 50 largest metro areas. And in Wisconsin, Kenosha is in the bottom ten percent, with 90 percent or more of municipalities in the state paying more for their water.
Seven of the top eleven largest food companies in the world have operations in Southeast Wisconsin.
Who’s doing business in Kenosha County?
KENOSHA BEEF/BIRCHWOOD FOODS
OCEAN SPRAY CRANBERRIES
GOOD FOODS GROUP
PURATOS CHOCOLATE USA
FAIR OAKS FARMS