About The Industry
Since the mid-1800s, the Chicago region has been a center for food production and Distribution. Much of the Midwest’s agricultural output came to be processed, packaged and distributed to the marketplace in the Chicagoland area. Today, Chicagoland’s Food and Beverage industry is the second largest in the nation. Approximately 4,500 firms make up the cluster, accounting for 130,000 employees and $32 billion in sales.