Agricultural Processing & Food Manufacturing

Establishing Success Through Supply

We Grow Food Businesses in Louisiana

Agribusinesses thrive in Cleco regions thanks to its advantageous location, talented workforce supply and strong support network.

In the next five years, beverage manufacturing is expected to grow employment by 20%, while dairy product manufacturing will grow over 10%. Whether it’s companies like the fourth-generation, family-owned crawfish business Bieber Farms in the Alexandria metro region or Sterling Sugars in the Lafayette area, food processing companies are in high demand.

Fast Facts

Food For Thought

20% Expected Growth Of the Louisiana beverage industry over next five years Newmark Study, 2022
4,600,000 Tons of Cane Production Capacity Annually at M .A. Patout & Son, LTD, LLC M .A. Patout & Son, LTD, LLC
$11.7 Billion Annual Economic Contribution To Louisiana state economy by the agriculture and forestry industries Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry

Major Employers in Agricultural Processing & Food Manufacturing

Ama, LA
Belle Chasse, LA
Natchitoches, LA
New Orleans, LA
Natchitoches, LA
Crowley, LA
Avery Island, LA
Agricultural Processing & Food Manufacturing

Statewide Services for Success

  • The Louisiana Department of Agriculture’s Office of Marketing and Agricultural Development helps agricultural businesses gain access to financial assistance and incentives, and offer business development assistance by providing connections to government and educational institutions. The Louisiana Agricultural Commodities Commission offers a grain inspection program with cost-effective services for producers and grain companies. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture also conducts research through several horticulture, crop and water conservation programs.

  • Food processors and manufacturers have access to robust infrastructure of highways, airports and maritime ports, which creates the optimal environment for supply chains. Available talent runs throughout the state as well, with both Louisiana State University and Louisiana Tech University offering programs in agribusiness, natural resource management, production, processing and marketing.


  • Extensive research in the agricultural industry is available through the Louisiana Department of Agriculture’s partnership with Louisiana State University’s AgCenter. The center’s experiment station helps develop new knowledge and technology for food processors and producers throughout the state.

If you're looking for help, you're in luck.

Richard Cornelison

Director, Marketing and Economic Development

Amy S. Thibodeaux

Economic Development Project Manager

Connor Bradford

Economic Development Project Manager