Agribusiness and Food Processing


Feeding the World

With 72,000 of the nation’s top farms covering nearly 76 percent of its total land area, Illinois feeds the world. Illinois farms are top producers of corn, soybeans, livestock, dairy and poultry.

In addition to its agricultural prowess, Illinois boasts unrivaled expertise in food processing, ranking #1 in the U.S. with $180 billion in processed food sales, and some of the world’s most well-known food producers call Illinois home. The state also boasts more patents in food-related industries than any other state in the nation and more than many countries.

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Largest Food Processing Cluster in the U.S.
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27 Million
Acres of Farmland
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of the Nation’s Greatest Farms
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$20 Billion
Annual Contribution to the Illinois Economy
Largest Employers Based on Employment


Recent Anouncements
Oct 12
October 12, 2017

HARIBO of America Expands U.S. Headquarters in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and Intersect Illinois, today announced that HARIBO of America Inc. will be growing their U.S. presence in Illinois. The German company will be expanding their U.S. headquarters, currently located in Rosemont, and adding 55 new jobs to their existing workforce.


Contact Us

Brent Case

Senior Vice President,
Business Development

312-667-6013 brent.case@intersectillinois.org LinkedIn Profile