ROCHESTER, N.Y. – A national business publication has named Livingston/Genesee Counties the second-best food processing region in the country. In its 2010 Rankings Report, Business Facilities magazine rated the two counties #2 in the Metro Food Processing/Industry Growth category.
"The food and beverage industry is a healthy source of jobs for the Greater Rochester Region," said Greater Rochester Enterprise President and CEO Mark S. Peterson. "We have the natural resources that premier companies need, such as seven percent of the world's fresh water. Our wealth of resources is why we are home to more than 100 food and beverage organizations. "
Livingston County is home to two of the largest food producers in the world, Kraft Foods and Barilla America. Barilla's Avon plant accounts for more than 50 percent of its U.S. sales. Kraft's local plant is the only location where it produces Cool Whip, and it also produces the Lunchables line locally.
"This impressive ranking shows the Rochester Region is a desired location for the world's top food producers," said Livingston County Industrial Economic Development Agency Chief Executive Officer Patrick Rountree.
Genesee County is home to three of the top 10 largest vegetable farms in the United States along with numerous food processors including Allen's Inc., OATKA Milk Products, and Yancey's Fancy Cheese. The Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park is a 202-acre industrial park that offers major infrastructure for food and beverage companies and is within 500 miles of 1/3 of the U.S. and Canadian population.
"This national recognition shows the Rochester Region's food and beverage industry sector continues to grow and has the potential to accommodate even more food and beverage industry investment and add more jobs in the near future," said Genesee County Economic Development Center Chief Executive Officer Steve Hyde.