Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services has released An Analysis of Northeastern Pennsylvania as a Food Industry Location, a 28-page white paper that details the reasons food industry employers have been gravitating to the region.

Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA), consisting of Northern I-81 Corridor communities such as Scranton, Pittston, Wilkes-Barre, and Hazleton, has long been a magnet for food and beverage manufacturing and distribution operations. Several factors have combined to grow the food industry in NEPA. These include quick access to raw materials and the Northeast’s consumption zones, an available, quality, and affordable labor supply, abundant and reliable utilities, and a wide variety of available ReadyToGo!™ Sites and Buildings with room for expansion.

Food and beverage companies with manufacturing plants in the region include Aryzta, Ateeco (Mrs. T’s Pierogies), Bakkavor, Bimbo Bakeries, B C Bundt, Cargill Cocoa & Chocolates, Cargill Meat Solutions, Citterio USA, Big Heart Pet Brands, D.G. Yuengling & Son, Gertrude Hawk Chocolates, Gonnella Frozen Products, Hershey Chocolate USA, J&J Snack Foods, Kraft Foods, Lion Brewery, Maid-Rite Specialty Foods, MIA Products, Michael Foods Egg Products, Mission Foods, Nardone Brothers Baking, National Bakery, US Hydrations, Otis Spunkmeyer, Preferred Meal Systems, Quaker Oats (Gatorade), Stroehman Bakeries, and Wise Foods.

Companies with food or beverage distribution operations in NEPA include Americold, BellCarter Foods, Bimbo Bakeries, Core-Mark, Gress Refrigerated Services & Logistics, Henningsen Cold Storage, Hilshire Brands, Herr’s Food Products,, Kane is Able, Maine Source, Mc Lane Co., Nature’s Bounty (NBTY), PepsiCo, Pero Family Farms, Romark Logistics, Sun-Maid, Tootsie Roll Industries, U.S. Cold Storage, US Foods, Walmart, Wegmans Food Markets, and WellPet.

The report can be accessed by clicking here.