Food & Beverage Manufacturing

Food & Beverage Manufacturing in Metro Little Rock

Discover the modern ingredients for success in Central Arkansas.

Food and beverage manufacturing is part of Metro Little Rock’s bread and butter. Anchored by companies like Land O’Lakes and Tyson Foods, the area is one of Forbes’ top-100 metro areas for business thanks to low operating costs, favorable incentives and trained workforce. Mix in the region’s reliable utilities and transportation network – essential components for food processing facilities – and doing business in Metro Little Rock is a piece of cake.

Jay Chesshir, CCE President & CEO

Jay Chesshir, CCE

President & CEO


With the help of over 160 employees, Hormel Foods' plant in Metro Little Rock produces 800,000 pounds of Skippy peanut butter each day.
Food and beverage manufacturing companies in Metro Little Rock benefit from Central Arkansas' abundant water supply and excess waste system capacity, which are essential to modern food processing.


Establishments 31
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017
Average Employment 1,173
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017
Average Salary $42,020
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017

Success Stories

Hostess Brands, Inc.

Snack company Hostess Brands, Inc. announced in 2022 its plans to open a state-of-the-art bakery in Clark County, Arkansas. The new location is expected to be operational in the second half of 2023 and bring approximately 150 new jobs to the community over the next three years. Hostess Brands, whose iconic foods include Donettes, Twinkies, CupCakes and Ding Dongs, plans to invest $120 million to $140 million to transform a 330,000-square-foot facility in Arkadelphia into a next-generation bakery.


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Westrock Coffee Company

Headquartered in Little Rock with roasting and distribution facilities in Conway and North Little Rock, Westrock Coffee Company is the leading integrated coffee, tea, and extract service provider in the United States, providing sourcing and financing, supply chain management, roasting, packaging, and distribution services to retailers, restaurants, convenience stores, commercial accounts, and hospitality customers around the world.

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Mountain Valley Spring Water

Mountain Valley Spring Water is an American brand of spring water bottled in Hot Springs, Arkansas. It has been bottled continuously since 1871 and is currently owned by Clear Mountain Spring Water Company of Little Rock. Mountain Valley Spring Water is distributed across the United States.

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