Food Processing & Agribusiness

Targeted Sub-Sectors

  • Specialty Foods
  • Packaged Foods
  • Perishable Foods
  • Beverages

Employment Data

Employed in Food Processing:
  • Frederick County: 1,375
  • Winchester MSA (VA Portion): 1,582
  • Winchester MSA: 1,587


Food Batchmakers
Packaging & Filling Machine Operators
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, Weighers
Mixing & Blending Machine Operators
Heavy Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
 Current  Employment* 287  964  881  281  4,545  
 Entry** $11.06  $18.22  $12.45  $11.73  $13.56  
 Experienced** $21.68  $22.31  $22.79  $20.00  $22.93  
 Mean** $18.17  $20.91  $19.33  $17.26  $19.81  

 Industry Turnover  Rate***

*QCEW 4Q2018 for the Frederick County Workforce Draw Area of 45 miles, employment by place of residence
**Wage data from BLS as of 2017 for the Winchester MSA - Winchester, Frederick County, Hampshire County,WV
***JobsEQ Workforce Characteristics, 4 quarters ending 2Q2016 (Food Manufacturing Industry in the Winchester MSA)

Key Advantages


  • Priority, streamlined local building permit system
  • Construction can commence in a matter of weeks
  • Permit system parallels building schedules

Infrastructure Availability

  • Competitive electricity rates
  • State-of-the-art utilities and telecommunications infrastructure
  • Construction costs nearly 14% lower than the national average
  • Innovative solutions for food processing waste to greatly reduce treatment costs

Industry Presence

  • More than 20 manufacturers, producing a wide array of products, already operate in Frederick County

University Presence

  • Virginia Tech's Center for High Performance Manufacturing (CHPM) helps manufacturers develop and implement new processes
  • The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) is an applied research center that bridges the gap between fundamental research typically performed at universities and product development routinely performed by companies
  • Virginia Tech's Department of Food Science and Technology's Value-Added Product Development Division offers access to a packaging and processing pilot plant, and offers other resources ranging from financial assistance to food safety regulatory assistance
  • Lord Fairfax Community College in Frederick County offers reliable and trusted workforce training programs

Already Operating Here




HP Hood Beverage 500-999
Kraft Heinz Beverage 250-499
Riviana Foods


Valley Proteins Food 100-249
Foodsource, LLC Food 50-99
Miller Milling Food 50-99
Garber Ice Cream Co Food 50-99
Shawnee Canning Company Food 20-49
Source: VEC Employment Data, Employee Size Range Updated: April 2019

Find Property

The Green Energy Facility in Frederick County offers a local, sustainable, cost-effective, and environmentally-sound waste disposal solution for food manufacturers and businesses requiring moderate to large amounts of wastewater pre-treatment. Read More

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45 E. Boscawen St.
Winchester, VA 22601

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