The Growing Appetite for Food (Jobs)

May 25, 2012

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Food and beverage companies looking to expand are now finding custom-tailored incentive packages designed to help them quickly achieve their business goals related to developing new facilities. Instead of relying merely on tax credits, communities are now supporting companies’ growth by putting money into roads, water and sewer infrastructure, worker training and cash grants.

Recently announced incentive packages for food and beverage companies have included incentives (such as free land), cash grants to cover infrastructure costs, worker training reimbursements and utility upgrades amounting to tens of millions of dollars. These projects generally employ 100-200 people and represent a capital investment of around $150 million to $250 million.

Nearly as important, local governments are fostering the development of industrial sites that are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of the industry. Instead of merely clustering all industry types together, these governments recognize that a strong utility and transportation infrastructure, land located away from residential areas or other industrial uses (to avoid nuisance issues,) and access to a highly skilled workforce are essential.

Yet despite the hospitality and genuine desire by governments to be true partners in the growth of the industry, food and beverage companies are often confronted with a myriad of complex tax, land use and environmental issues that can complicate the site selection process. The integrated McGuireWoods food and beverage industry team, using not only the law firm to address regulatory and compliance issues but also the years of experience McGuireWoods Consulting has in representing some of the most recognized brands in the world, can assist food and beverage companies with navigating these processes as quickly and effectively as possible.

Recently, McGuireWoods Consulting LLC and McGuireWoods LLP were able to help a high-profile beverage company with site location for a future manufacturing facility. McGuireWoods Consulting led the site selection and incentives negotiations across multiple states on behalf of the company and was able to help secure:

  • A partial property tax abatement
  • State and county grants for utility and road infrastructure
  • Worker training assistance
  • Favorable regulatory and land use determinations

For more information, please contact Christopher D. Lloyd (McGuireWoods Consulting) or members of our food and beverage industry team.