The 4FrontED region is recognized as a leading agricultural center, especially for the production of vegetables, fruits, and grains. Not surprisingly, the food processing industry has emerged as an important and growing part of the regional economy. Leading industry players in the region include Bimbo Bakeries, Frito Lay, La Moderna, Kellogg’s, Dole, and Almark.   Important to the continuing development of this industry is the region’s water supply. The Yuma area has senior water rights to the Colorado River (1/3 of Arizona’s allocation).

Strengths of the region’s growing profile in the food processing industry include:

The food processing industry is a growing part of the Yuma County and regional economy. Almark Foods has opened a 120,000 square foot egg processing facility and McCormick & Company (Gourmet Garden) has announced plans for a new 100,000 square foot herb and spice processing plant in Yuma. These two projects represent more than $60 million in new capital investment and employment over 250 people at completion.

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