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Food & Beverage

Small-Scale Food & Beverage Manufacturing Industry

The pioneer spirit of the West has always been alive and well in the Rushmore Region, and is ever present in our small-scale food and beverage manufacturing industry. People come to the area to carve out their own vision and create products that are unique, custom and hand-crafted. small-scale food and beverage manufacturing industry in the Rushmore Region is represented by:

  • Non-alcoholic beverage manufacturing
  • Wineries
  • Breweries
  • Food product manufacturing and/or packaging
  • Testing
  • Ingredients
  • Wholesaling

Small scale food & beverage manufacturing in the Rushmore Region:

  • Food and beverage was the 5th top sector for growing higher paying jobs
    • 136 new jobs with $53,700/year average earnings
    • Total of $7.1 million new earning impact on the regional economy
  • Food manufacturing has a high jobs multiplier
    • One new job can spur 3.5 additional jobs in other sectors
  • Sectors growing, high earning food processing industries in the Rushmore Region include:
    • Tortilla manufacturing added 23 jobs for $1.1 M impact
    • Breweries added 18 jobs with $3.6 M impact
    • Beer and ale merchant wholesales added 16 jobs for $0.9 M impact
    • Wineries added 30 jobs with $0.9 M impact
    • Wine and distilled alcoholic beverage merchant wholesalers added 5 jobs for $0.2 M impact
    • Animal (e.g. poultry) slaughtering added 49 jobs for $1.7 M impact
    • Meat processed from carcasses added 21 jobs for $0.8 M impact
  • Other sectors with strength in the Rushmore Region include:
    • Soft drink manufacturing
    • Livestock merchant wholesalers
    • Farm supplies merchant wholesalers and soil prep
    • Planting
    • Cultivating