For a town with the nickname “Porkopolis,” Greater Cincinnati had better be known for its food.
And – let’s be clear – we are.
In the 1800s, the region was the world’s largest pork producer. While that title has since been ceded, Greater Cincinnati is still the right place to make food.
1. Growth is supported by history.
This early dominance continues to give Greater Cincinnati an advantage in the food and flavoring sectors. As many food processing plants were growing to meet demand, supportive industries grew along with them. Still today, the region is rich in equipment manufacturers, USDA inspectors, flavoring companies and packaging facilities. These industries are able to support a wide variety of food manufacturers – from AdvancePierreTM and John Morrell Food Group to Frito-Lay and Graeters. All of which use a strong distribution and logistics industry.
Beyond the supporting industries, Greater Cincinnati has a wealth of talented, skilled workers who are familiar with food processing and production. These workers understand the technology, regulation, sales and distribution needed to help companies succeed.
2. Greater Cincinnati is inherently competitive.
Other strong regional industries, specifically branding firms, are well positioned to support food companies. Building loyalty to a food company is centered around strong brand identity. The same professionals that made Tide®, Crest® and Pampers® household names can help emerging food companies find their identity.
Proximity to customers can make or break a food company. For organizations that need to move heavy, perishable products, it pays to be close to the end-user. Greater Cincinnati is perfectly placed to make those shipments happen faster. The region is within a one-day drive or nonstop flight of most major U.S. metros, which makes it easy to move products faster.
Greater Cincinnati has a dynamic distribution and logistics industry. With access to rail through Norfolk Southern and CSX; air and highway through FedEx, UPS and DHL; and water, companies can be flexible with shipping and receiving the products they need to do business. If severe weather causes one transportation mode to slow or shut down, regional firms have other options to keep their companies producing and shipping products.