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Fresno Food Expo

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Fresno Food Expo is your opportunity to connect with Americas #1 food producing community! Meet the people behind one of the most productive and distinctive food producing regions in the world. California’s San Joaquin Valley is home to thousands of growers, food producers, manufactures, processors, winemakers and brewers reflecting the rich diversity of our region. Visit the website
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Food Processing.

Ashley Swearengin
Mayor, City of Fresno

And we mean Business.

The City of Fresno is located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, the largest agricultural producing region in California. We are home to over 100 food processing companies in our city, and Fresno County produces 350 different crops and feeds over a third of the world's population every year.

Fresno is the ideal location for food companies looking to serve the West Coast, Canada, Mexico and the entire Pacific Rim. Use this website to learn more about our region and connect with Mayor Ashley Swearengin to partner with the community at the heart of California’s thriving food industry.

Agriculture.

Long celebrated as the world's most productive farming region, Fresno brings proven agricultural performance and leadership to your business.
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*All Facts and Numbers came from Fresno County Farm Bureau and the California Department of Agriculture

Infrastructure.

Mark Scott, City Manager
City of Fresno
Fresno has a proactive team who works with each food processing company individually to meet their needs. Whether you are just starting to build or looking for sustainable ways to expand your current operation, we’re ready to help your business succeed in Fresno. Start now by contacting: Amy Huerta, City of Fresno, 559-621-8362 or amy.huerta@fresno.gov. “The City of Fresno is proud to be the home to over 100 food processing companies who make everything from tomato paste and gourmet cheese to Hispanic candies, specialty meats and a wide variety of fruit products. We have made it our top priority to help these companies expand and to be THE place for food companies to locate.” Mark Scott, City Manager, City of Fresno RESOURCES (PDF Downloads) STEP (SIMPLE TIERED EQUITY PROGRAM)UTILITY INCENTIVES

Logistics.

Fresno is your transportation connection to the rest of the West and Pacific Rim.

3 freight haulers to connect you to North America's rail network -

  • The BNSF
  • The Union Pacific
  • The San Joaquin Valley Railroad
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Twenty five truck lines service the Fresno market providing ready access to the population centers, ports and distributions centers in the Western region of the U.S.

Market Access.

California's population is expected to grow from 35 million in 2010 to 48 million by 2030.next

A Qualified Workforce.

Fresno has a qualified local workforce ready to help you serve all of California, the U.S., and the world.
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Affordable Land.

The City of Fresno has an expansive Enterprise Zone that offers:

  • Hiring Tax Credits for up to $37,440 for each qualifying employee
  • Sales and Use Tax Credits on the purchase of qualified machinery or equipment
  • Business expense deductions of up to $20,000

Sustainability.

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Fresno offers a number of resources to help improve the sustainability of your operations.

Property Assessed Clean Energy Program (PACE Program)
The California PACE program is helping property owners improve their energy efficiency and save money. PACE utilizes bond financing to provide property owners fixed-rate, property-based, no money down financing for energy and water efficiency retrofit to their properties, significantly reducing energy bills and expenses with instant cost savings.

Water, Energy and Technology Center
Fresno's Claude Laval Water and Energy Technology Incubator and the testing facilities of the International Center for Water Technology at California State University, Fresno provide technical assistance and R&D support for the practical application of technology that maximizes water efficiency for food processors. They also provide support to accelerate new product and business development opportunities.

Fresno Energy Watch Program
The Energy Watch Program is a public service program offered by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and its partners to educate utility customers in energy efficiency. The Energy Watch Program provides a way to save energy through the direct installation of energy efficient measures.

Food Processing.

Home to over 100 successful food processors, Fresno provides a proven support network anchored by The Fresno Food Expo.

"Wawona Frozen Foods, started out as a fresh fruit operation in 1945 then evolved into a frozen processor in 1963. We now deliver over 125 million pounds of fresh frozen fruit to markets around the world annually. The growth of our company and continued success has been made possible by our dedicated employees, proximity to fresh product which allows us to lock in orchard fresh taste and character with our freezing process and exposure to innovative research and development that helps us run our business." Bill Smittcamp, President & CEO of Wawona Frozen Foods

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Contact Info

City of Fresno
2600 Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93721
559-621-8000 ashley.swearengin@fresno.gov

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