Food Products Manufacturing
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the food product manufacturing sector is projected to increase the number of jobs by 12 percent between 2010 and 2020. The five fastest growing subsectors of food products manufacturing over that same time period are projected to be Coffee and Tea Manufacturing (22 percent job growth); Perishable Prepared Food Manufacturing (21 percent job growth); Spice and Extract Manufacturing (18 percent job growth); Frozen Cakes, Pies and Other Pastries Manufacturing (17 percent job growth); and Roasted Nuts and Peanut Butter Manufacturing (16 percent job growth).
Industrial Ambassadors: Food processing companies employ more than 170 workers in the county and companies located in the county include, but not limited to Black Mingo Venison Processing, Dukes Country Sausage, and the House of Raeford Farms Inc. Another company, DSM Nutritional and Health division makes natural food ingredients for infant formula as well as other food and beverage applications, and is specifically focused on polyunsaturated fatty acids such as Omega-3 DHA and Omega-6 ARA.
Williamsburg County Advantages: Williamsburg County also has a strong agricultural heritage and agriculture-related operations located in the county include, but not limited to, C-Breeze Farms, Long Branch Farms, Lucky B’s Farm, Natural Grown Vegetable, Rebecca Farms Lowcounty Mushrooms, Williams Muscadine Vineyard and Farms, and Williamsburg Packing Company. Agricultural products grown and raised in the county include cantaloupe, watermelon and honeydew; muscadines; lima beans and snap beans; sweet corn; okra; onions; peas; potatoes and sweet potatoes; tomatoes; cabbage; collards. Mustard greens and turnip greens; squash; mushrooms; beef; chicken; pork; dry and smoked bacon; and beef fresh sausage.