Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Fruit and vegetable processors flourished in the recession as cash-strapped consumers substituted fresh food with cheaper, premade alternatives. With the economic recovery underway, however, the industry will struggle to stay afloat. Consumers will once again be able to afford fresh fruits and vegetables, which are will stay fresh longer due to improvements in transportation and storage technologies. Meanwhile, growing federal regulations will increase operating costs, which smaller operators may not be able to pass on to consumers... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
The West region houses 30.1% of industry establishments in 2013. California has the largest number of establishments because it is close to several fruit and vegetable farms, making it convenient for industry producers to source inputs from farmers. California is also close to Mexico, another significant source of fruits and vegetables. Oregon and Washington's share of industry establishments is 4.7% and 3.4%, respectively.
The Great Lakes region accounts for 18.3% of industry establishments. Wisconsin is home to 5.5% of establishments, the largest of all states in this region. The Great Lakes is a popular location for producers because the region has favorable weather for produce farmers.
The Southeast region accounts for about 14.9% of establishments... purchase to read more