food processing and distribution

Food processing & distribution

Prosperity is our process

We are the ideal hub for the Food Processing & Distribution Industry. Home to peerless farming experts, pioneers in Food Safety, and some of the world’s most renowned food producers, DuPage County is the definitive location to grow your business.


Industry Overview

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Illinois is ranked #1 in the United States

Chicago is ranked #2 MSA in the United States

DuPage County is ranked #29 in the United States


Industry Strengths & Resources

Access to Water

The communities and industries of DuPage County are served a water supply through Illinois’ Lake Michigan Water Diversion. On top of that, DuPage County owns and operates six water systems to service customers. There will always be ample supply to ensure your business has a healthy flow.

Unrivaled Expertise

With 72,000 of the nation’s top farms covering nearly 76% of its total land area, Illinois truly feeds the world. Illinois farms are top producers of corn, soybeans, livestock, dairy and poultry. The state ranks #1 in the U.S. with $180 billion in processed food sales, and some of the world’s most well-known food producers are proud to call Illinois home. Not only does the state boast more patents in food-related industries than any other state – it possesses more than many other countries.

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Institute for Food Safety and Health

DuPage County is also unrivaled in growing research talent. Located just outside DuPage County in Bedford Park, the Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) is a one-of-a-kind applied food science research consortium comprised of the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the food industry. In collaboration with the FDA, the IFSH provides stakeholders with the opportunity to develop and exchange knowledge, experience, and expertise in the areas of food safety, food defense, food processing, and nutrition.

Staffed by the Illinois Institute of Technology, the IFSH is the only institute in the country bringing together FDA, food industry, and university researchers to work side-by-side on the development, validation, and implementation of food processing and packaging technologies critical for food safety.

The IFSH has one of the first Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) facilities in the US specifically designed to study the behavior of pathogens and virulent organisms in real-world food processing conditions. It also hosts the nation’s premier Food Safety Modernization Act training programs.

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With 5 research platforms in food processing & packaging, food microbiology, chemical containments & allergens, nutrition, and proficiency testing, the IFSH is leading the way for the industry.

And with a strong talent pipeline from the Illinois Institute of Technology Department of Food Science and Nutrition thanks to graduate and professional student collaboration, the organization is also fostering the industry’s future.

Good Food Accelerator

The Good Food Accelerator gets farm and food businesses ready for prime time, giving them the skills to launch or scale up their enterprise. As the nation’s first accelerator focused on building supply chains for sustainable local food, the Good Food Accelerator trains thousands of farmers and food producers each year, and helped businesses raise more than $23M in the last few years alone.

Family Farmed

Family Farmed is a non-profit organization committed to expanding the production, marketing and distribution of locally grown and responsibly produced food, in order to enhance the social, economic, and environmental health of our communities. The organization strives to build public/private partnerships that support the growth of regional food systems that benefit farmers, consumers and businesses.

Family Farmed actively works to increase local and sustainable/organic food sales in the region to create new jobs, sustainable economic development and rural revitalization. They seek to preserve Illinois farmland through the development of high-value markets that give regional producers a fair price for their crops and encourage them to stay on their land.

Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network

Choose DuPage also continually refreshes the Beverage sector. The Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network is the region’s food and beverage cluster organization, charged with driving inclusive economic growth in the region by bringing together the local food & beverage industry to collaborate on opportunities in workforce development, food safety, innovation & technology, and business services.

Major Employers

Company Name Location Type
Greco & Sons Bartlett Headquarters
Get Fresh Bartlett Headquarters
Rana Meal Solutions Bartlett Headquarters
Cheese Merchants of America Bartlett Headquarters
Treehouse Foods Oak Brook Headquarters
Hearthside Food Solutions Downers Grove  
Ferrara Candy Co Oakbrook Terrace  
Wilton Brands Naperville Headquarters
Harvest Food Group Warrenville  
Pepperidge Farm Downers Grove Production Facility
Nonni’s Foods Oakbrook Terrace  
Campbell Soup Downers Grove  
Hormel Foods Naperville  
Armour-Eckrich Meats Naperville  
Nestle Itasca Production Facility
Otto & Sons West Chicago  
Bay Valley Foods LLC Oak Brook Headquarters
Tyson Foods Oak Brook Headquarters
Sara Lee Frozen Bakery Oakbrook Terrace Headquarters
McCain Foods Oak Brook  
Amalgamated Sugar Co Bensenville  


Name  City  Annual Revenue  Local Employees 
Ball Horticultural Company  West Chicago  569M  400
Burpee Holding Company Inc  Glen Ellyn  117M  1
Babson Farms Inc  Aurora  2.1M  4
Orchids by Hausermann, Inc.  Villa Park  1.8M  20
Clovers Greenhouses LLC  Elmhurst  800k   
Coventry Gardeners Ltd  Westmont  692k  12
Vern Goers Greenhouse Inc  Hinsdale  553k  12
R Smits & Sons  Willowbrook  407k  5
Kopping Farms Inc  Lemont  406k  5
Richard Roedger  Elmhurst  350k  3
Dietzler Family Ltd Partnership  Lisle  310k  5
Prosek’s Greenhouse  Winfield  308k  6
Galusha Farm, LLC  Warrenville  255k  1
Jerry Hammond  Aurora  242k  3
Sun Maid Growers of CA  Elmhurst  241k  7


Company Name  City  Annual Revenue  Local Employees 
Treehouse Foods, Inc.  Oak Brook  6.3B  265
OSI Group, LLC  Aurora  4.1B  28
Hearthside Food Solutions, LLC  Downers Grove  2.5B  50
OSI Industries, LLC  West Chicago  1.9B  90
McCain Usa, Inc.  Oak Brook  1.2B  250
McCain Foods Usa, Inc.  Oak Brook T.  1.2B  275
Smithfield Direct, LLC  Lisle  721M  277
Ferrara Candy Company  Oak Brook T.  708M  450
Ach Food Companies, Inc.  Oak Brook T.  658M  135
Plumrose Usa, Inc.  Downers Grove  580M  50
Greencore US Holdings, LLC  Downers Grove  517M  68
Greencore Usa, LLC  Downers Grove  250M  434
The Jel Sert Co  West Chicago  162M  277
Earthgrains Refrigerated Dough Products  Downers Grove  159M  700
Rana Meal Solutions, LLC  Oak Brook  137M  277