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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 $986 million in beverage exports ranked third in the nation in 2023 and first in the southeast. The state’s $914 million whiskey exports last year were more than double that of every other state.
Today, Tyson Foods, Unilever, McKee Foods, Frito Lay and Green Mountain Coffee are among more than 1,600 registered food and beverage manufacturers operating in Tennessee.
Tennessee’s central location is ideal for the exportation and transport of food and beverage products. The state’s strong agriculture industry accounts for $5.1 billion in farm cash receipts. In 2023 alone, more than $1.6 billion in Tennessee food and agriculture exports found their way to major markets around the world. The five largest export markets consumed 51 percent of Tennessee’s food and beverage manufacturing exports in 2023.
Tennessee’s government actively supports growth in the food and agriculture sector, with approximately 50 announced projects since 2018, creating 5,400+ new jobs and $2.0+ 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.
Tennesseans employed by food & agriculture establishments
Food & agriculture establishments in Tennessee
Billion in Tennessee food and agriculture exports
Billion in new capital investment from recent food and agriculture projects
Increase in jobs from breweries, distilleries and wineries since 2010