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Food Processing

Cold Storage Industry Heats Up in Virginia

Virginia Economic Development Partnership (Q2 2024)

Virginia provides its more than 200 food and beverage processing companies with ample cold storage options. More

Elite Workforce, Strategic Investments Help Virginia Score Major Wins

Virginia Economic Development Partnership (Q4 2023)

From data centers to vertical farming to banking, a cross-section of industry is continuing to choose to locate and expand in Virginia, a state that provides them with a top-notch workforce. More

Future-Proofing Food & Beverage Facilities: Why Site Selection Matters

Brian Miller, Executive Vice President - Industrial, Gresham Smith (Q4 2023)

Access, utilities, workforce, regulatory issues and future-proofing are all key considerations for choosing the right location for a long-term investment. More

Three Key Location Factors for F&B Industrial Users to Consider

Bob West, Vice President of Food & Beverage, Industrial, Ryan Companies (Q4 2023)

Workforce skills and availability, the need for speed to market, and the condition of existing infrastructure are all key factors in food and beverage companies’ location decisions. More

Controlled Environment Agriculture Takes Root in Virginia

Virginia Economic Development Partnership (Q1 2023)

Vertical farms and other CEA companies are gaining prominence, and many are finding Virginia offers advantages for growth. More

Front Line: The Growth of Indoor and Vertical Farming

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2023)

In an attempt to deal with the vagaries of weather and changing climate, farmers are turning to vertical and other high-tech indoor farms. More

Food Processors’ Optimal Location Decision

Chris Copenhaver, Director, Co-Lead Food & Beverage Advisory Group, Cushman & Wakefield (Q4 2022)

Whether evaluating existing buildings or finding a location for a new facility, food processors must make sure all the variables involved align to support the final decision. More

Three Big Challenges Facing the Food & Beverage Industry

Stephen Gray, President & CEO, Gray, Inc. (Q4 2022)

While every industry — and everyone — has faced disruptions over the last couple years, the food and beverage industry has been disrupted on an almost unimaginable scale. More

2022 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards Project of the Year: The J.M. Smucker Company Investing in Alabama

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2022)

Smucker’s investment in Jefferson County, Alabama, for a new frozen sandwich plant promises large-scale job creation. More

Editor's Note: Consumer Spending & Business Innovation Foster Growth

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q4 2021)

The food/agri-business and the biopharma sectors were among those experiencing growth in 2021, spurred by innovations brought about during the pandemic. More

The Next Generation of Cold Chain Logistics

Brian Chatham, Project Manager; Jeremy Klysen, Business Development Manager; Joseph Scovronski, Senior Architect; Burns & McDonnell (Q4 2021)

In order to meet consumer demand for fresh food delivery, food processing and distribution companies are expanding cold chain logistics and automation systems. More

The Challenges of Renovating an Existing Facility Into a Food Plant

David Dixon, President, davidcdixonLLC (Q4 2021)

Renovating an existing facility seems faster and cheaper than going with a greenfield site — but when it comes to a food plant, that might not be the case. More

Ramping Up Cybersecurity in the Industrial Sector

Jason Lund, Managing Director, Property Management, JLL (Q4 2021)

Industrial and other types of facilities are smarter and more computerized (more hackable) than they were in the past, but cyber awareness and security has not kept pace. More

Food & Beverage Growth Positions Kentucky for Future Success

Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (Q4 2020)

Kentucky’s food and beverage industry, as well as its evolving agritech sector, are continuing to grow, positioning the state as a leader in the field. More

Workforce: A Primary Ingredient in the Evolution of the Food Industry

Stephen Gray, President & CEO, Gray, Inc. (Q4 2020)

The global pandemic has accelerated changes occurring in the food and beverage industry, with a heightened focus on worker and consumer safety and automation technologies. More

Finding the Sweet Spot in Food Plant Location Decisions

David Dixon, President, davidcdixonLLC (Q4 2020)

As new food plant construction continues in 2020, companies must take into account the factors most critical to their bottom line in order to maintain profitability for the life of the facility. More

Cold Storage Is Hotter Than Ever

Steve Kozarits, Senior Vice President, Transwestern and Lori Zuck, Managing Director, Transwestern (Q4 2020)

The Covid-19 pandemic has illuminated challenges and opportunities for both investors and occupiers of cold storage space. More

Opportunities and Challenges for the CBD and Hemp Industry

Scott Kupperman, Founder, Kupperman Location Solutions (Q2 2020)

Scott Kupperman, Owner, Kupperman Location Solutions, spoke with Area Development about the site selection opportunities - and challenges - for the CBD and Hemp industry at our 2019 Houston Consultants Forum. More

Business Policy Changes to Result from the COVID 19 Crisis

Matt Jackson, Senior Managing Director, JLL (Q2 2020)

The global pandemic is causing companies to rethink their office occupancy requirements and supply chain configurations. More

How Is the Pandemic Affecting Location Decisions in the Food & Beverage Industry?

Scott Kupperman, Founder, Kupperman Location Solutions (Q2 2020)

Unpredictable supply chain, labor shortages, and changes in consumer preferences are just some of the trends brought about by the COVID-19 crisis. More

Radical Transformation in the Food & Beverage Industry

Stephen Gray, President & CEO, Gray, Inc. (Q4 2019)

Food processing, packaging, and delivery are all being disrupted by changes in technology, consumer preferences, and government regulations. More

Ingredients for a Healthy Site Selection Process in the Food Industry

Scott Kupperman, Founder, Kupperman Location Solutions (Q2 2019)

Area Development interviewed Scott Kupperman, Founder, Kupperman Location Solutions, at our Miami Consultants Forum about the food industry dynamics that are influencing site selection in 2018 and beyond. More

For Food Manufacturers, the Right Economic Development Partner Is Critical

Amy Gerber, Executive Managing Director, Business Incentives Practice, Cushman & Wakefield (Q1 2019)

Area Development interviewed Amy Gerber, Executive Managing Director, Business Incentives Practice at Cushman & Wakefield — and lead moderator at our Women in Economic Development Consultants Forum — about the insights and trends discussed at the conference, including incentives negotiation, labor costs, affordable housing, and the ever-evolving food industry, which was the focus of her own presentation. More

Healthy-Eating Trends Challenge How Food Manufacturers Do Business

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (2018 Food Processing)

Food manufacturers are modifying their processes and investing in new technologies in order to meet rapidly evolving consumer trends. More

The Value of Laser Scanning to Your Food Facility Project

Michael Vetter, Senior Project Manager and Senior Associate, SSOE Group (2018 Food Processing)

Data captured through laser scanning of your existing food processing facility can help with buildout of a new or customized operation. More

Siting A New Production Plant: A Challenge Intensifies

Jeffrey J. Counsell , Co-Founder, Global Food Properties (2018 Food Processing)

The increasing role of food safety has caused a geological upheaval in how and where food is manufactured. More

A Strategic Approach to Building a New Processing Facility

Chris Urchell, Consulting Manager, Baker Tilly  (2018 Food Processing)

The use of available data, due diligence, and a traceable decision-making process will yield the best result for your company when locating a new food processing facility. More

Home Sweet Homestead

Wabash Valley Power Association (Q2 2018)

Upgrades provided by Marshall County REMC's energy efficiency program, as well as tax abatements, helped Homestead Dairy to keep its energy costs down, thereby helping this family-owned business to secure its future. More

Ensuring Food Safety and Sanitary Design in Food Manufacturing Facilities

David Dixon, President, davidcdixonLLC (2017 Food Processing)

In order for food manufacturers to meet today’s high facilities’ standards for food safety and sanitary design, they should utilize a structured preconstruction approach that solicits input from many stakeholders. More

Dinner on the Front Porch: How E-Commerce Is Affecting the Food Industry

Jeff Dearduff, Corporate Director, Baking & Snack, The Austin Company (2017 Food Processing)

As consumers receive more and more of their food through e-commerce, food manufacturers, assemblers, and distribution networks are going to have to think differently. More

Location Trends in the Food Industry: What’s Driving Decision-Making in 2017?

Scott Kupperman, Founder, Kupperman Location Solutions (2017 Food Processing)

When working with economic developers, food processing companies should look for an industry-specific value proposition supported with compelling data and local insight. More

A Changing Food Manufacturing Industry

Clare Goldsberry , Staff Editor, Area Development (2017 Food Processing)

Evolving consumer preferences, the use of automation, food safety regulations, and foreign direct investment are stirring up the food industry. More

Advanced Manufacturing Drives Iowa’s Economy

Iowa Economic Development Authority (Q3 2017)

Supply chain mapping, data on autonomous fleets, and low-cost renewable energy can all be found in Iowa…surprised? You shouldn’t be. More

A Taste for Change: What's Driving the Rise of the Specialty Food Market

Gray Construction (Q1 2017)

The demand for specialty foods has seen a sharp increase, forcing food and beverage producers to make dramatic changes to manufacturing processes and product ingredients. More

Maintaining the “Cold Supply Chain” From Manufacturer to Consumer

Elise Couston, Senior Managing Director, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank (2016 Food Processing)

Having a food defense plan helps suppliers, distributors, and operators maintain the safety of the food products they handle, as well as helping protect everyone’s business. More

Editor's Note: Food Processors’ Grow Sales, Overcome Challenges

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (2016 Food Processing)

New safety regulations, shifting consumer preferences, and finding the right talent are just some of the challenges food processors are facing as their sales continue to grow. More

Optimizing Food Processors’ Supply Chain Strategies

Jim Arnold, Executive Vice President–Sales and Operations, Supply Chain, XPO Logistics (2016 Food Processing)

The right distribution center (DC) site selection strategy for food and beverage companies can optimize their entire supply chain. More

The Changing Needs of an Evolving Food Industry Shift Facility Location Priorities

Michele Brown, President & CEO, Choose New Jersey, Inc. (2016 Food Processing)

One thing is certain. Innovations and opportunities within the food industry will create new challenges for location decision-makers. More

Food Manufacturing Industry Responds to Transformative Change

Ken Reiff, Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield and Chris Copenhaver, Director, Co-Lead Food & Beverage Advisory Group, Cushman & Wakefield (2016 Food Processing)

Paradigm shifts in food processing, and improved economic conditions, have resulted in accelerated growth in project announcements as many larger food manufacturers gravitate to ground-up development and smaller, regional companies repurpose second-generation product. More

Streamlining the Construction Project to Deliver Ahead of Schedule and Below Budget

Josh Zimmerman, Section Manager, SSOE Group (Q4 2016)

Design and construction firms are developing new systems that streamline the entire project delivery process, from architectural renderings to facility turnover, which ultimately can deliver a cohesive high-quality, cost- and time-saving project. More

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