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At the heart of the food industry.

Greater Peoria is in the heartland of America, where food is grown, harvested, and processed for the rest of the world.

Leaders locate here.

Illinois leads the Food Industry nationally and Greater Peoria is home to several of these industry-leading companies.

Illinois by Saeful Muslim from the Noun ProjectIllinois is #1 in the nation in processed food sales.
With over $180B in processed food sales and more patents in food-related industries than any other state, Illinois has become the epicenter of food processing.

*Source: Intersect Illinois.

In the middle of everything

You can easily access major U.S. markets from Greater Peoria

Quad Cities      90 mi
Chicago           150 mi
St. Louis           170 mi
Indianapolis    210 mi
New York        928 mi
Houston          946 mi
Los Angeles  1,947 mi

Where commodities meets machinery

Our food processing industry exists in a special place in the world. In Greater Peoria, we grow the commodities and build the machinery that harvests and helps process those commodities. We are uniquely positioned in the heart of the Midwest with the tools and supply chain to make your company grow.

Transportation and Logistics

Greater Peoria’s industries are supported by the Peoria International Airport (which is a U.S. Customs Port of Entry), 41 barge facilities along the Illinois River, 11 rail lines with 4 regional carriers, and 3 major interstates.  Working within this transportation network are a number of industry-leading logistics and transportation companies.

Workforce Data

Supportive Resources

Foreign-Trade Zone #114
Greater Peoria is in Foreign Trade Zone 114 which provides over two-million square feet of warehousing and distribution space available for general purpose zone usage. Operating within these zones comes with numerous benefits such as lower duties, cost avoidance, staging and showcasing capabilities, and assembly cost savings. For more details contact Sally Hanley, Director of Foreign-Trade Zone #114 at shanley@greaterpeoriaedc.org.

SBDC International Trade Center
Since 1989, the Illinois SBDC International Trade Center at Bradley University has helped hundreds of Illinois companies take advantage of the potential of the international marketplace. The ITC expanded in 1994 to include specialized assistance to ensure exporters obtain the benefits associated with Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), including NAFTA.

More resources and partners

Want To Learn More? Contact Us.

Lenora Fisher
Greater Peoria Economic Development Council
Director of Business Attraction
C: 309-253-6010
E: lfisher@greaterpeoriaedc.org

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