Jamie Stitt

Assistant Commissioner, Business and Workforce Development

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
312 Rosa L. Parks Ave., Nashville, TN 37243
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Food and Agriculture

Homegrown. World Famous.

The world has acquired a taste for products made in Tennessee. Naturally, it’s the culture and traditions of our state that go into producing some of the most iconic brands in the food and agriculture industry.

Tennessee’s strong agricultural economy accounts for 9 percent of the state’s economy while generating $52+ billion in output.

Generation after generation, Tennessee has brought you some of the best-known and most respected food brands in the world. From sippin’ whiskey to candy bars, Tennessee brands stand tall in the world of memorable tastes. Brands like Jack Daniel’s, M&M Mars, Bush Beans, Moon Pies and Little Debbie Snack Cakes grew out of Tennessee’s deeply held traditions of agriculture, hospitality and craftsmanship.

As you would expect in the state known for a couple of famous fellows named Jack and George (Daniel and Dickel, of course), the Tennessee beverage industry is especially robust. Tennessee’s $495 million in beverage exports ranked fourth in the nation in 2020and first in the Southeast. The state’s $465 million whiskey exports last year doubled nearly every other state.

Today, Tyson Foods, Unilever, Pictsweet, Coca-Cola, Frito Lay and Green Mountain Coffee are among more than 1,600 registered food and beverage manufacturers operating in Tennessee. Unilever operates the world’s largest ice cream plant in Covington.

Tennessee’s central location makes transporting products a breeze. Our strong agriculture industry accounts for $3.5 billion in farm cash receipts. In 2020 alone, more than $1.0 billion in Tennessee food and agriculture exports found their way to major markets around the world. The five largest export markets consumed 54 percent of Tennessee’s food and beverage manufacturing exports in 2020.

Tennessee’s government actively supports growth in the food and agriculture sector, with over 50 announced projects since 2016, creating 7,400+ new jobs and $3.1+ billion in capital investment.

In Tennessee, we love our farms, and we know good food. Come get a taste of Tennessee for yourself. Your business will thank you for it.

Quick Facts

39.8K+

Tennesseans employed by food & agriculture establishments

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620+

Food & agriculture establishments in Tennessee

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$1.0+

Billion in Tennessee food and agriculture exports

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$3.1+

Billion in new capital investment from recent food and agriculture projects

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5X

Increase in jobs from breweries, distilleries and wineries since 2010

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Tennessee exports $465+ Million in whiskey annually

Jack Daniels – Remastered

Congra Foods

M&M Mars

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Tennessee is proud to promote

The company we keep

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Food and Agriculture Employment by County

Knoxville