Innovation drives Oregon's food + beverage industry, and there's never been a more exciting time for both entrepreneurs who contribute to our state's award-winning food culture – and for consumers who share in the bounty!
Our state is rich in natural resources and sustainable agriculture that together create a strong foundation for valued added food + beverage products.
Eat Oregon Now is proud to partner with some of the state's F&B leaders and we're grateful for their work to make Oregon living more delicious! Our partners in 2019 included Oregon-grown retailer Market of Choice, the OSU Food Innovation Center, the SBDC–Portland Community College's Getting Your Recipe to Market program, and the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network.
Leaders in the Food + Beverage Sector
The Food Innovation Center has garnered an international reputation for it's work developing new products and techniques such as methods to keep Oregon's famous seafood fresher and more nutritious. FIC's Sarah Masoni is known nationally as the woman with a million dollar palate!
Business Oregon plays a leading role in jumpstarting, and sustaining local/regional economic development and the agency has identified the food + beverage sector as a major jobs creator in the coming years.
From Business Oregon:
For well over 100 years, cargo ships have traveled from Oregon ports, carrying a bounty of agricultural exports, grown or processed here in the Northwest. Oregon's renowned retail food products have helped put the state on the map, like Rogue Creamery's famous Oregon Blue cheese, which beat out its global rivals at the London World Cheese Awards, the first time an American cheese has ever won!
Oregon's excellent wine and craft beer producers . Oregon is home to 120 brewing companies and 450 wineries, many of which export their products to connoisseurs worldwide. State-sponsored research is making food processors more productive while cutting energy consumption by 25% in the next 10 years.