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Supporting the food and beverage sector is critical to economic growth in Michigan
MMA ’ s Manufacturing Agenda

Food & Beverage Policy

Supporting the food and beverage sector is critical to economic growth in Michigan

Like other sectors of our economy , the food and beverage industry builds on our state ’ s robust natural resources ( such as our agricultural resources ) to transform raw materials into new products that help feed the nation and drive the Michigan economy . The food industry faces unique challenges that require support to ensure a strong business climate to keep these manufacturers competitive in the marketplace .
Unique regulatory challenges require unique solutions . Food manufacturers face unique barriers to competitiveness such as targeted local taxes and additional labeling requirements . Michigan can grow its food and beverage sector and retain its status as a prime location for future growth and investment by removing barriers and remaining a welcoming environment for breweries , wineries , distilleries , and breakfast food and snack manufacturing .
Food manufacturing in Michigan outpaced total payroll job growth during the recent pre-pandemic recovery . The sector added almost 7,000 new jobs between 2009 and 2019 , representing 21 % growth during the period compared to 14 % for Michigan job growth overall .
Food Manufacturing Job Growth 2009-2019
25 %
20 %
15 %
10 %
5 %
0 %
21 %
Job Growth in Food Sector
14 %
Job Growth in Other Sectors
A competitive regulatory environment is critical for food manufacturers in Michigan to prosper and grow . Michigan policy must avoid adding regulations not faced by companies in other states , which make Michigan companies less competitive in the market place .
— Ben Zorn , Chairman of the MMA Food Manufacturers Committee and Director of Operations , Koeze Company , Grand Rapids mimfg . org