Non-Retail Food and Beverage

Why Nj for non-retail food and beverage

New Jersey is the Garden State: an epicenter for the food and beverage industry. 

Why do we have 9,000+ food and beverage companies?  It starts with our strategic location in the heart of the Northeast corridor and world-class infrastructure and logistics capabilities: approximately 40% of US consumers can be reached within a 1-day drive of New Jersey.  With ~10,000 farms spread across 750,000 acres, New Jersey generates $1.3 billion in farm revenue annually as the #1 producer of eggplants and #2 producer of bell peppers in the nation.

New Jersey also has a deep and talented pool of food and beverage workers with more than


workers are currently employed in the industry

That number that is projected to grow 15% over the next decade. We’re also #2 in the number of scientist and engineers per square mile and have the 2nd largest pool of food scientist and technologist in the country.

To top it off, New Jersey has the only soft landing business incubator/accelerator program in the world devoted to food.

Whether you are an existing food and beverage business looking to expand and optimize operations or a start-up looking to disrupt the market, the NJEDA is ready to be your partner.  See below for more information on New Jersey’s Food and Beverage sector, programs and resources available, and exciting sector developments.

New Jersey’s Bustling Ecosystem from Farm to Table 

Program and Incentives for non-retail food and beverage

Angel Investor Tax Credit Program
Edison Innovation Fund
Food and Agriculture Research & Development Pilot Grant Program
New Jersey Innovation Fellows Program
NJ Accelerate
NJ Entrepreneur Support
NJ Founders & Funders
Venture Fund Investments

New Jersey is proud to be the Garden State.

— Phil Murphy | Governor of New Jersey

Deep pool of food and beverage workers at the ready

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our TEAM

Bill Penders
Managing Director
Strategic Sector Development
Doyin Ashiru
Sector Lead- Non-Retail Food & Beverage