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April 04
In the Spotlight: Michigan’s Food Processors

Michigan’s food processors have been in the spotlight much of the past several weeks after a Food and Agriculture Strategic Growth Initiative was proposed in Gov. Snyder’s budget.  Food processors are a large part of Michigan’s agriculture industry that produces an economic impact of $91.4 billion on the state’s economy each year. In fact, food processing alone produces an economic impact of nearly $25 billion!

Food processing in Michigan is big business for many companies, many of whom can be seen on grocery store shelves in your neighborhood. In addition to local and regional brands like Kowalski Sausage, Better Made Snack Foods, and Country Fresh, Michigan is also home to many nationally recognized household brands, including: Gerber, Kellogg’s, and Jiffy Mixes.

The proposed Food Agriculture Strategic Growth Initiative would assist primarily small to medium size processors by funding research, education and technical assistance efforts with the aim of removing barriers and increasing opportunities identified by food processors, agri-business, and farmers. Designed around a competitive grant process, the initiative would support research into technology innovation, workforce preparation, food safety, environmental protection technology and food processing.

Michigan Food Processing Facts:

  • Nearly $25 billion in economic impact to the state
  • Employs more than 130,000 Michigan residents
  • Michigan ranks 19th in the nation with 1,841 licensed food processors

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