Food and Beverage Manufacturing
Food and Beverage Manufacturing in Rochester, NY
The Greater Rochester, NY Region offers a host of resources for food and beverage companies. The combination of rich, fertile land with access to 7% of the world's fresh water supply gives the Rochester Region an incredible supply of fresh fruit, vegetables, and wine.
Dairy Supply: New York is the third largest milk producing state in the U.S. The Rochester Region is the largest milk producing region in New York. This abundant milk supply was one of the reasons Alpina Foods chose to expand in our region.
Fully Integrated Supply Chain: Local companies have access to fully integrated supply chain assets, including precision manufacturing, engineering, and packaging support. In addition there are world-class research and development resources available at Rochester Institute of Technology and Cornell University.
Proximity to Major Markets: Rochester is conveniently located within 500 miles of one-third of the U.S. and Canadian population. This puts us close to major markets without major market costs.
We are near Interstate 90, which provides easy highway access and distribution of goods. In addition, commercial rail service is available through three Class 1 carriers: CSX, Norfolk Southern and Canadian Pacific. The routes handle up to 60 trains per day.
There are more than 100 food and beverage manufacturing companies in the Rochester Region including companies such as:
PepsiCo's Indra Nooyi, Stefan Müller of Theo Müller Group, and NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo celebrate Muller Quaker Dairy expansion in Greater Rochester Region's Batavia, NY.
Key Rochester, NY Food and Beverage industry facts:
- Access to Fresh Water. The Greater Rochester Region has millions of gallons per day in excess water capacity at rates well below the national average. Companies do not face water rationing or water rights fees. Monroe County Water Authority has 12 million gallons a day of excess water capacity.
- Eastman Business Park, one of our industrial sites, has 25 million gallons per day excess capacity of industrial water that is equivalent in quality to potable water. They are able to treat this same amount of water at their waste water treatment facility.
- Skilled Workforce. The region has more than 5,500 employed in the food manufacturing sector. In the beverage sector Rochester employs almost 2,300. (source: 2nd Quarter 2014, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages).
- The Rochester Region is #1 in New York State in sales of all food crops, milk and other animal products (source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis)
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- With more than 130 vineyards throughout the region producing world class wines, the Rochester/Finger Lakes Region ranks 1st in New York State for wine production. (source: Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance)
Did You Know?
7% of the world's fresh water is in our region thanks in part to close proximity to Lake Ontario.
Unlike other areas of the country facing droughts, Rochester has access to 7% of the world's fresh water. Companies do not face water rationing or water rights fees in the Rochester Region.
Wegmans Food Markets
, headquartered in Rochester, NY, is recognized on Fortune magazine's list of "100 Best Companies To Work For in America." It is the seventeenth consecutive year Wegmans has made Fortune's Top 100 list. (source: Fortune Magazine, January, 2014)
We're home to Constellation Brands
, the largest wine company in the world, which produces nearly 9 million cases of wine in New York each year.
the Canadian quick-service restaurant franchise, roasts all of its coffee in the Rochester area. This roasting supports the two billion cups of Tim Hortons coffee are served annually throughout North America. This volume is second only to Starbucks.
The New York Wine and Culinary Center
opened in the Rochester/Finger Lakes Region to serve as a gateway to New York's food, wine, and agriculture attractions.
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