The food and beverage industry are comprised of companies involved in producing and sourcing food, the processing of raw food materials, packaging, and then distributing them into the marketplace. This includes fresh, prepared foods as well as packaged foods, and alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages. Ample utilities including reliable power and an abundance of quality water, a quality and well-trained workforce, and agriculture and livestock sourcing in rural areas with potential for farm-to-fork initiatives make the region an attractive location for companies in the food and beverage industry.
The Bismarck-Mandan region is in the heart of North Dakota’s agriculture sector. Burleigh and Morton Counties top crops in terms of acreage include wheat, corn for grain and sunflower seeds. Morton county also ranks #1 in terms of beef and milk production annually as well. North Dakota ranks #1 in the production of 10 different crops and Bismarck-Mandan’s centralized location provides easy access to areas of the state where these crops are produced.
As a largely rural region with the benefits of urban transportation and technology infrastructure, the Bismarck-Mandan region is a natural choice for food and beverage processing ventures. The area’s exceptional transportation infrastructure enhances this strategic location, offering processers easy access to markets across the upper Midwest. The rural make-up of the region’s workforce also provides expertise and background in agricultural products and strong work ethic, couple that with competitive wages in the sector and interested businesses will find exceptional available employee options.
Companies like Cloverdale Foods Company, Dean Foods, Two Track Malting, M & W Beef Packers as well as multiple local craft brewers call Bismarck-Mandan home.
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