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Food and beverage in N.J. About this beat

There are more than 8.9 million people living within just 8,700 square miles in New Jersey — and everybody’s got to eat.
Where better to get your food from than the Garden State?Food and agriculture — New Jersey’s third-largest industry — generates more than $105 billion in economic activity. The state boasts over 10,000 farms spread across 730,000 acres, as well as innovative agricultural programs and research in tandem with its higher education institutions.

That’s why NJBIZ is increasing its coverage of the food industry with dedicated reporter Meg Fry.

There’s plenty to cover. Top international food companies such as Campbell Soup Co. in Camden, Mars Chocolate in Hackettstown and Goya Foods in Jersey City have called New Jersey home for over 75 years — and, despite the increasing taxes, have worked with the state to stay here. 

As one of the most densely packed and diverse states in the nation, New Jersey is a great testing ground.

The state’s central location, highway system and ports also make it easy to market and distribute to nearly 40 percent of the entire U.S. population within a single day. And rented warehouse space — compared with New York City and Philadelphia — is often cheaper and more available. 

As global companies have realized New Jersey’s multiple strengths in this industry, a food revolution has begun to take place — one that not only makes our nation healthier, but also gets food to the places it needs to go. 

That’s why we’re covering it.

Have a tip or a story idea? Contact Meg Fry at 732-246-1711 or megf@njbiz.com.

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