As our global population continues to expand, the importance of both food safety and productivity are increasingly paramount to our continued well-being. A number of people and companies in and around Amarillo are a part of this critical food technology industry.

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BEN E. KEITH

This specialized distributor supplies a full line of produce, frozen foods, meats, dry groceries, refrigerated foods, paper goods, equipment and supplies to restaurants, hospitals, schools, nursing homes and other institutional businesses. They also distribute Anheuser-Busch InBev products as well as many well recognized craft and imports brands.

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PACIFIC CHEESE

Inspired in part by the success of Hilmar Cheese, Pacific Cheese selected Amarillo for an additional production in their portfolio. Their products are widely available throughout the U.S. as they process the cheese on behalf of Sargento as well as Wal-Mart.

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HILMAR CHEESE

Although in neighbouring Dalhart, Texas, Hilmar Cheese is an example of how the Amarillo EDC works to best serve the needs of the broader community and business landscape. Through the ongoing advancements in productivity and quality, Hilmar Cheese is able to serve customers in more than 50 countries. Their state-of-the-art Texas facility is strategically positioned in a growing dairy region and provides their company with better access to their east coast customer base. Our steady supply of fresh milk ensures consistent, year-round availability of their cheese products.

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AFFILIATED FOODS INC.

Affiliated Foods meets the needs of grocery stores and restaurants in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, and Arkansas. They specialize in logistics and transportation to ensure they can supply only the freshest produce, meats, bread, and dairy products. By supplying locations in seven states, their yearly sales are in excess of a billion dollars.

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SSI FOODS

As a beef patty manufacturing company located in Amarillo, Texas, SSI Foods focuses on supplying the needs of its quick service and casual dining customers. The SSI Foods management team has a long history in the foodservice industry and has used their experience to design a plant that provides a safe manufacturing environment utilizing state-of-the-art technologies and automation.

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TYSON FOODS

Tyson’s facility in Amarillo houses an extensive operation to prepare a range of fresh, frozen, and prepared products all featuring the beef raised in and around Amarillo. They are at the forefront of generating guidelines for beef cattle production and educational programs to help improve best practices.

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WHERE'S THE BEST PLACE TO GROW YOUR FOOD PROCESSING BUSINESS?

THE BENEFITS OF BUSINESS RETENTION AND EXPANSION PROGRAMS

The primary sources of job growth exist in every community:

Existing business expansions account for 80%

Incoming new businesses account for 11%

And start-up operations account for 9%

WHY WE SHOULD SUPPORT EXISTING BUSINESSES:

  • Existing businesses provide even more return on investment in smaller, rural market areas where entrepreneurial and recruitment opportunities are limited.
  • While customer attrition is a fact of life in both the private and public sectors, it's 10 times more cost-effective to work with existing customers than to continually cultivate new ones.
  • Business retention and expansion provide the customer -- the existing private sector firm in your market area -- with a seamless customer contact and service experience.
  • Less than 10% of business closures result from business failures. More than 90% are caused by work movement through mergers, consolidation, restructuring and deliberate decisions to relocate businesses.
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Case Study:
An Accelerated Approach Leads to Remarkable Results

Learn How We Helped Expedite a Food Processing Facility