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Food Manufacturing is on the Rise in Upstate South Carolina

From agriculture to packaging to logistics, the Upstate is poised to support the food and beverage industry. If a region’s character can be represented by its flavors, the Upstate’s palate is growing increasingly diverse. Since 2017, Upstate food and beverage manufacturing companies have invested over $644 million and have created over 1,500 jobs.

Food and beverage companies have found a recipe for success in South Carolina:

Take our natural water, abundant land, mild climate into account, and support from the South Carolina Department of Agriculture and Clemson Cooperative Extension. Combine that with our reputation for innovation in manufacturing and dense concentration of industrial engineers.

Blend in academic partners, such as Clemson University’s Department of Food, Nutrition & Packaging Science, home to sensory and culinary research labs and the Center for Flexible Packaging (CEFPACK). All based in South Carolina’s pro-business climate and the Upstate’s region’s collaborative, “can do” attitude shared by our local communities, public agencies, and private partners.

Let the flavors meld together. And when you’re ready to serve, the Upstate’s location along the I-85 corridor (with key transportation nodes like the Inland Port Greer, and Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport) allows ease of transportation and distribution of materials and products in a timely manner.

Hungry for more? Get a taste of business in the Upstate.

In a world where speed to market is essential, the Upstate stands ready to support your business expansion. Our team is here to connect you to resources to support the launch of your new operations.

Schedule a 20-minute one-on-one Zoom meeting with Aimee Redick to learn more.