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Food Processing

Food processing companies in Georgia develop and distribute the best products for consumers at low cost because of the state’s leading agricultural sector, access to quality talent, and an advanced transportation and logistics network.

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Home to 1/3

of the Nation's Top 100 Food Processing Companies 

facilities
80+

Cold Chain Facilities

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~20 Million

Square Feet of Cold Storage Space

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“Starbucks has long believed that there is a strong relationship between our success and the strength and vitality of the communities in which we do business. With an abundance of skilled workers, a great quality of life, convenient access to transportation and strong support from local and state leaders, Augusta [Georgia] is an ideal location for our newest manufacturing facility.”
Howard Schultz, Chairman and CEO, Starbucks
Ingredients for Success

When it comes to food processing, we know your products must be manufactured, transported and delivered quickly and on time. 

With an extensive logistics and supply chain infrastructure – as well as access to premier cold storage facilities – food processing companies in Georgia stay competitive and reach global customers and markets seamlessly.

If you are in the business of moving product quickly and efficiently, Georgia’s got you covered.

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For more on Georgia’s food processing industry, view our Ingredients for Success brochure. 

Here are just a few of the more than 800 food and beverage processing companies that call Georgia home
Anheuser-Busch
Coca-Cola
Edy's
Fresh Express
FritoLay
Kellogg's
Keurig Green Mountain
King & Prince Seafood
King's Hawaiian
Kraft Foods
MillerCoors
Nestle
Perdue
Pilgrim's
Sara Lee
Starbucks
Tyson
Wrigley
Logistics & Infrastructure

Georgia offers a robust rail and highway infrastructure and is home to the most traveled airport in the world (Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport) and the fastest-growing port in the nation (Port of Savannah) – all of which keep companies moving, growing and thriving. 

With the Port of Savannah, you get access to the largest single container terminal in North America and two on-terminal Class I railroads (Norfolk Southern and CSX) – making it is easy to transport your product across the U.S. and around the world. 

Learn more about Georgia’s Logistics and Infrastructure

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"We are pioneering cold chain technology here in Georgia"
David Quintilio, VP of Operations, UPS Supply Chain Solutions
DISTRIBUTION AND WAREHOUSING

In Georgia, companies can ensure speedy and efficient distribution of products with access to 12 major distribution centers, 60+ warehouses, more than 100 motor freight carriers, and extensive rail and highway systems.

Georgia’s extensive logistics line-up of distribution and warehousing companies strengthens your business’s reach to customers quickly and efficiently.

  • 85% of the world’s top 3PLs operate in Georgia.

  • Within 30 miles of the Port of Savannah, more than 3 million sq. ft. of warehousing is available – the largest concentration of import distribution centers on the East Coast.

  • 80+ cold chain facilities located in Georgia with almost 20 million sq. ft. of cold storage space.

Learn more about Georgia’s Distribution and Warehousing

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Workforce

Your company’s production depends on recruiting, training, and retaining quality talent and skilled workers. Georgia is committed to providing food processing companies a strong pipeline of qualified labor.

With a population of over 10 million, Georgia is the 8th largest state in the nation with a labor force of more than 5 million. And millennials make up nearly 20% of that total.

  • More than 300,000 skilled production workers

  • 5th lowest private sector unionization rate in the nation (2.5% in 2017)

  • Lanier Technical College’s ammonia refrigeration training program is one of only a few in the U.S. and is the official IARW-WFLO Ammonia Refrigeration Training Program.

Additionally, Georgia offers qualifying companies access to customized workforce training at no cost. Continuously ranked the No. 1 workforce training program in the nation, Georgia Quick Start is the premier partner for developing and delivering a strategic workforce.

Learn more about Georgia’s Talent and Workforce 

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GROUND FREIGHT TRANSPORTATION

On any given week, a combined 5.9 million tons of freight move across Georgia’s 1,200 miles of interstate highways, including I-75, I-85, I-95 and I-20, and 20,000 miles of federal and state highways. 

With 5,000 miles of rail, Georgia has the most extensive rail system and largest intermodal hub in the Southeast. Georgia is served by two Class I railroads – CSX and Norfolk Southern – and 24 short-line companies.

Learn more about Georgia’s Ground Transportation

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CENTER OF INNOVATION FOR LOGISTICS

The Center of Innovation for Logistics provides free consultation to Georgia companies, with analysis tailored to your business. This analysis can help you:

  • Compare logistical benefits between potential sites

  • Evaluate road/rail routes and shipping lanes to recommend your best options

  • Gather pricing estimates for shipping and storage

  • Connect to providers of logistics, shipping and storage that best fit your needs

Learn more about the Centers of Innovation for Logistics

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INCENTIVES

Georgia’s corporate tax rate has remained low at 6% for 50 years*, and it’s based on one factor: your sales inside Georgia. When you learn about our jobs tax credit and other incentives, you’ll know why so many food processing companies view Georgia as the best place for their business.

Learn more about Georgia’s Incentives and Taxes. 

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Expanding your company’s footprint in Georgia is made easier with our team of experts located in 12 regions around the state.
 

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Centers of Innovation

The state’s leading resource for facilitating business innovation, we help companies translate new ideas and technologies into commercially viable products and services.