The Richmond Region’s Food & Beverage industry covers a large and growing range of products, processes and packaging options. Due to an increased demand for healthier food in recent years, organics are growing in popularity. Interest in international/ethnic foods and other specialty foods are additional trends. Companies in this industry cluster include production facilities and food industry supply chain vendors and suppliers.

Both domestic and international food manufacturers have found the Richmond Region to be an advantageous location for production of a wide variety of products, including:

  • Mondelēz Global LLC (crackers and cookies)
  • Tyson Foods (poultry products)
  • Maruchan (noodle soups)
  • Sabra Dipping Company (hummus and dips)
  • San J (soy sauce)
  • Sauer’s (spices)
  • Campofrio Food Group America (Italian meat specialties)
  • Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods (Producer of chilled, prepared foods and baked goods)

Representative Companies

Richmond Firsts

John Rolfe planted the first crop of tobacco just east of Richmond in 1612, after observing Native Americans cultivating tobacco.

Krueger Ale, produced by the Krueger Brewery of Newark, was the first beer sold in tin-plated steel cans. It was test-marketed in Richmond beginning in January 1935.

Reynolds Wrap was pioneered in Richmond in 1947 by Reynolds Metals Company (now Alcoa).

In 1987, San-Jurushi of Japan chose Richmond for its first international brewery for tamari soy seasoning.