Food & Flavoring

We're Tastemakers.

Strategically positioned to create, manufacture, package and distribute food and perishables, Northern Kentucky is experiencing high growth and expansion in food research, manufacturing and distribution.


  • Industry Expertise: Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky are the #3 most competitive location in North America for food and beverage production. (Source: World’s Most Competitive Cities, Site Selection 2017)
  • Cost: Northern Kentucky offers a lower cost business climate than other metros that specialize in food, including Dallas, Chicago, and Atlanta. (Source: KPMG Competitive Alternatives Report, 2016)
  • Location: Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky are the #1 location in the country for population served within one day’s drive. (Source: Claritas, 2016)


With a labor shed of over 1.1 million people and more than 10,000 people currently employed in food R&D, processing and manufacturing, Northern Kentucky offers both professional and production workers to supply the food and flavoring industries. Northern Kentucky also offers a comparable, if not lower, labor cost compared to metros like Dallas, Atlanta and Chicago.

Job Title Empl. Avg. Annual Wages Avg. % Growth, Cincinnati
Avg. % Growth, USA
Industrial Engineers 3,477 $93,500 2.2% 1.0%
Mechanical Engineers 2,576 $79,800 2.0% 1.1%
Chemists 980 $70,200 1.8% 1.2%
Chemical Technicians 871 $43,300 1.7% 0.9%
Biological Technicians 840 $44,400 3.0% 1.6%
Industrial Engineering Technicians 670 $66,300 2.7% 0.8%
Mechanical Engineering Technicians 390 $50,300 2.5% 1.1%
Chemical Engineers 331 $80,700 0.8% 0.8%
Food Sciences and Technologists 211 $67,200 3.7% 2.1%
Total 10,348 $75,300 2.2% 1.1%

Source: JobsEQ, 2017


More than 30 food & flavor companies are already located in Northern Kentucky, with additional companies located throughout Greater Cincinnati.




ADM Global Technology Center McLane Food Service
Castellini Company Newly Weds Foods
Club Chef Perfetti van Melle USA
Frutarom Schwan’s Global Supply Chain
General Mills Tyson Foods – Hillshire Brands
Givaudan Flavors Wild Flavors
Kellogg Snacks ZoomEssence
Lyons Magnus