FOOD & FARMING

In Alabama, every season is growing season. Year over year, the skilled hands behind Alabama’s food production businesses prove there is a green thumb behind what gives the state agriculture industry a national reputation.

Every year, Alabama’s soil is tilled for all types of success. Around 40,000 farms on 8.9 million acres of in the state yield a bounty of agriculture products. Alabama ranks second among the states in freshwater fish production, third in poultry production, third in peanut production, and in the Top 10 for cotton production. The real workhorse here is Alabama’s 33,000-strong agriculture workforce, whose hard work produced $276 million worth of food and beverage exports in 2018.

Quick Facts

  • Food and beverage exports from Alabama increased from $123 million in 2000 to $276 million in 2018
  • Food and beverage product industries employ over 33,000 workers
  • Accounts for over 13 percent of manufacturing jobs
  • Over 400 production and beverage product establishments in Alabama
  • 8.5 million acres of farm land
  • No. 2 in U.S. freshwater fish sales
  • No. 3 in U.S. poultry production
  • No. 3 in U.S. peanut production

Agriculture Products & Food Production Companies

  • Wayne Farms
  • R.L. Zeigler
  • Sunshine Mills
  • Priester’s Pecan Co.
  • Keystone
  • Mrs. Stratton’s Salads
  • Tyson Foods
  • Lancaster Colony
  • Red Diamond Tea & Coffee
  • Bud’s Best Cookies
  • Alaga
  • Koch Foods
  • Royal Cup Coffee
  • Barber Dairies
  • Buffalo Rock
  • Golden Flake Snack Foods
  • Pilgrim’s Pride
  • Golden State Foods
  • Mar-Jac Poultry
  • To Your Health Sprouted Flour Co.
  • Coca-Cola United
  • ConAgra
  • John Soules Food