Amazing Opportunities for Food and Beverage Companies – Because We are Here, There and Everywhere
While Washington is famous for apples, premium wines, and sweet onions, specialty and organic foods share the spotlight. Companies in the Tri-Cities have unparalled access to local, sustainable, free-range, grass-fed, organic, and other alternative inputs. Over 70% of the State’s organic production comes from farms within 100 miles of the Tri-Cities; a $309 million contribution to a $436 million industry. Small-scale growers and processors in the Tri-Cities have an enormous opportunity to serve Washington and the region.
Food and beverage companies in the Tri-Cities send products across the U.S. Companies like Railex manage expedited coast-to-coast refrigerated rail freight service. Trucking companies and airlines deliver produce, beverages, frozen foods, and dairy products throughout the nation.
The Tri-Cities, a major international trade center, supplies the world with unique food products. More than $15 billion in food and agriculture goods exported through Washington ports reach over 100 countries on all seven continents.
As disposable incomes increase in emerging and developing economies, consumers expect great variety and high quality in imported foods. The BRIC and ASEAN countries, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, and South America represent huge markets for specialty foods and beverages. The Tri-Cities and the Columbia Basin are strategically located to serve those international locations.