Food Processing

More than 5,000 workers in Northwest Iowa are employed in the Food Processing Industry. As a percentage of total employment, the Food Processing Industry represents significantly greater percentage of the employment in our Region(8.4%)than is represented in the State of Iowa (2.6%)and the nation(0.5%).

Leading Food Processing companies located in Northwest Iowa  include:

  • Wells Dairy - 3rd largest ice cream manufacturer in the US 
  • Dean Foods - fluid milk manufacturing 
  • Sioux-Preme Packing - specialty pork processor 
  • Iowa Lamb - lamb slaughtering and processing 
  • Premium Iowa Pork - custom harvesting and processing of pork
  • Siouxpreme Egg Products - egg processing 
  • BoDeans Baking - manufacturing of ice cream cones and sandwich wafers 
  • Associated Milk Producers - a dairy marketing cooperative with members in Iowa and 5 other states 
  • SIG International Iowa - producer of premium pork products, primarily for the Japanese market 
  • Agropur - milk and cheese processor
According to the 2017 Census of Agriculture, there are nearly 6,400 farms in the six counties in Northwest Iowa, and these farms have a combined total of 2.2 millioacres. Our Region accounts for just over 7% of the farms and farmland in the State of Iowa, and it is a leading producer of agricultural commodities. 

Food Processing Industry ProfileNorthwest Iowa offers many benefits for Food Processing Companies:

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