INNOVATION IN THE FOOD INDUSTRY
The Upstate connects two of the largest cities in the Southeastern United States: Charlotte and Atlanta. This 10-county region is home to some of the world’s most forward-thinking companies, a strong workforce, a progressive regulatory environment, and offers a low risk and competitive cost environment. With more than 25,000 farms in South Carolina, along with abundant water and sewer availability, companies in the food manufacturing and packaging industry are finding success in the Upstate.
In a world where speed to market is essential, food and beverage companies can reach more than 100 million Americans in a day’s drive. With infrastructure that connects you by interstate, air, rail, and deep water, you can move product anywhere it needs to go — quickly.
UPSTATE LEADERS IN FOOD & BEVERAGE
KEURIG DR PEPPER
A leader in specialty coffee and innovative single-serve brewing systems, Keurig’s products are utilized in 25 million homes throughout North America. Their new state-of-the-art operations facility in Spartanburg County will primarily house coffee roasting and packaging for its single-serve K-Cup pods.
Nestlé is the world’s largest food and beverage company. They have more than 2,000 brands ranging from global icons to local favorites and are present in 189 countries around the world. Their Cherokee County operations employ 1,400 and produce Stouffer’s brand frozen entrees.
A culinary tradition since 1917, Duke Foods was founded and is headquartered in Upstate SC. They are a top industrial food manufacturer of branded and private label products in the Southeast and specialize in “homemade” quality foods such as dips, spreads and desserts. Innovation drives their growth through product research and development, including new packaging trends and options.
INDUSTRY SUPPORT AND RESOURCES
Clemson is one of just a few schools in the U.S. that offers a degree in packaging science. Bolstered by industry partnerships and advanced labs, areas of study include:
- Distribution, transportation and engineering technology
- Food and health care packaging
- Package design and graphics
Clemson Extension’s technical training and support for local food industry includes:
- FDA required courses
- Product Development and Package Evaluation
- Product Shelf Life Studies
- Sensory Evaluation
- Package Distribution
- Green Solutions for Food and Packaging Waste
SC DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
SCDA promotes and advocates for the growth of existing and new agribusiness opportunities throughout the state. Agribusiness accounts for 9.1% of the state’s total economic output, with its top commodities including broilers, turkeys, corn, cattle, soybeans, peanuts, eggs and wheat.