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Food Processing & Packaging

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Agriculture has always been important to the economy in North Alabama.  The region's agriculture economy, once dominated by field crops, is now more highly influenced by poultry, timber and livestock. The poultry industry accounts for billions in farm gate sales each year. Cattle and calves, cotton, corn, soybeans, pecans and nursery and greenhouse products also provide significant income to the region. Agribusiness continues to have a positive impact on our region, rural and urban areas alike, as we continue to attract manufacturers of farm-related items as well as further-processors and packaging operations. So much opportunity awaits in North Alabama as the consumer market continues its growth in the South and as consumers continue to demand more convenience and prepared foods.

North Alabama Advantages include:

  • A strong food processing base of more than 120 companies with a combined employment of almost 15,000.
  • A location insuring that product, service suppliers, rendering and cold storage facilities are within close proximity.
  • A growing consumer market. North Alabama outpaces state and national growth in the fastest growing market in the United States, the Southeast.
North Alabama’s Largest Food-Related Employers:
5,058 Pilgrim's Pride Colbert, Cullman, Franklin, Lawrence, Marshall, Morgan
2,539 Contigroup Marshall, Morgan
1,275 AlaTrade Foods Marshall
1,050 Sara Lee Lauderdale
805 Tyson Foods Cullman, Marshall
925 Cagle’s DeKalb
805 Tyson Foods Cullman, Marshall
600 Golden Rod Broilers Cullman
533 Sunrise Foods Marshall




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