Food Processing

Food Processing in Metro Little Rock

Discover the modern ingredients for success in Central Arkansas.

Food processing 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 Chessier, CCE President & CEO

Jay Chessier, CCE

President & CEO


With the help of over 160 employees, Hormel Foods' plant in Metro Little Rock produces more than 3.5 million pounds of Skippy Peanut Butter each week.
Food processing 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

Tyson Foods

Founded in Arkansas, Tyson Foods is the second-largest food production company on the Fortune 500 list. With a workforce of 1,500 across multiple plants, Tyson is one of Metro Little Rock’s largest food processing employers. The company’s facilities in Metro Little Rock include a $40 million processing plant at the Harbor Industrial District in Pine Bluff and a plant in North Little Rock, which celebrated 50 years of continuous operation in 2018.

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