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UPSTATE SC: Seeded for Food Manufacturing

Are you exploring locations and partners for food & beverage manufacturing or packaging? Upstate South Carolina is fertile ground where your company can take root. Why?

Support from Seeds to Shelves

The ingredients for success are part of our marinade. Strong in natural resources, the Upstate offers rich soil in a temperate climate and abundant water supply. In a state recognized for top marks in business incentives, speed of project permitting, and favorable regulatory environment. And, we have a history of manufacturing combined with engineering prowess, all located within the heart of the booming Southeast region.



More than 225+ companies in the food industry call Upstate South Carolina home, from global brands like Nestle, Keurig Dr Pepper, and Pepsico to local names like Muffin Mam and Duke’s. All these, boosted by nationally recognized technical training programs, such as Apprenticeship Carolina and readySC, and collaborative higher education partnerships with Clemson University and University of South Carolina. Clemson University’s Food, Nutrition and Packaging Sciences Department offers multidisciplinary research, advanced labs, and one of the nation’s top packaging science degrees.

And, don’t just take our word for it. Hear directly from a Nestle leader about how location and workforce have propelled 3+ decades of longevity in the Upstate.

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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.

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