Food & Flavoring

We're Tastemakers.

Strategically positioned to create, make, package and distribute food, candy, beer, spirits and perishables, Northern Kentucky is experiencing high growth and expansion in food research, manufacturing and distribution. Our region is also home to craft breweries and distilleries.


  • 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 and flavor companies, breweries and distilleries are already located in Northern Kentucky, with additional companies located throughout the Cincinnati region.




ADM Global Technology Center McLane Food Service
Boone County Distilling Co. Newly Weds Foods
Braxton Brewing Company New Riff Distilling
Club Chef Perfetti van Melle USA
Ferrara Schwan’s Global Supply Chain
Galerie Tyson Foods – Hillshire Brands
General Mills United Dairy Farmers
Givaudan Flavors Wild Flavors
Lyons Magnus ZoomEssence