Excerpt: By Dennis J. Donovan, originally featured in Trade & Industry Development Magazine

This article examines locational trends influencing the geographic deployment of food processing manufacturing plants. It will address the following:

  1. Industry definition/composition/issues
  2. Geographic clustering

-Entire industry

-Vegetables, nuts, fruits, snack foods, prepared foods

  1. Operating requirements/criteria
  2. Site selection process
  3. Concluding remarks

The primary objective of the article is to widen understanding of the dynamics that are shaping location decisions for food processing enterprises. While there are exceptions, the article focuses on generally applicable precepts relative to food processing site selection.


Food manufacturing (or processing) involves the transformation of agricultural crops, livestock and seafood into products destined for intermediate use or final consumption.

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