The Economic Impact of the Michigan food Processing Industries


September 30, 2010 - William A Knudson, Steven Miller, and H Christopher Peterson

This report analyzes the economic impact of Michigan’s food processing industries, with
a discussion on the potential and barriers to further sector growth.

Major Findings
The total economic impact of food processing in Michigan is estimated to be $25 billion and 134,000 jobs. These impacts include direct, indirect and induced economic activity.

The economic impact data is based on the 2007 Economic Census and represents the most recent data available. As such it is likely an underestimate of the current (2010) economic impact of the food processing sector. Nonetheless, the sector has shown fairly strong growth between 2002 and 2007 expanding by 19.8 percent in terms of direct (within sector) impact. This represents a compound annual growth rate of 3.7%.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) provided 2007 employment counts for this sector using their in-house database of Michigan employment from Economic Modeling Specialists Inc. The MEDC data suggests that employment in food processing industries remained stable or slightly increased over the period.


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