Processed Foods

Agua Dulce Vineyards

Agua Dulce Vineyards, Santa Clarita.

L.A. County Food Products
At A Glance

  • Total business establishments: 9,100
  • Total employment: 38,900 (2010)

L.A. County Processed Food Employer Breakdown:

  • The distribution of employment among the individual industries in this cluster is broad. Bakeries and tortilla manufacturing account for the largest share, with 27% of the cluster's employment.

Once upon a time, L.A. County was California’s largest agricultural county with endless orange groves, farms and ranches scattered through its valleys.

Today, the emphasis is less on growing crops and raising livestock and more on preparing and marketing these products to satisfy the needs of a hungry nation and a growing international clientele.

Blessed with a nearly ideal growing climate, there remains significant nursery and landscaping activity within the County. The Antelope Valley, in the northern reaches of the County, continues to be a major producer of alfalfa, root vegetables and tree fruits, employing over 1,400 workers.

Processed food is the eighth largest traded industry cluster in Los Angeles County, with nearly 39,000 employees in 2010. Key employers in this segment include Farmer John, a well-known meat packer in Vernon, famous for their “Dodger Dogs” served at Dodger Stadium, Nestle Foods, with USA headquarters in Glendale, and Sunkist Growers, the famed citrus cooperative with executive offices in the San Fernando Valley.

Scores of farmer’s markets in cities throughout the County offer fresh produce that is grown locally. As more people realize the environmental benefit of eating locally grown food, L.A. County’s food and agricultural industry will undoubtedly continue to grow.

Supporting the food industry efforts is the Pomona campus of California State Polytechnic University (Cal Poly) where modern agricultural and food processing techniques are taught. L.A. County also has a number of culinary schools that have programs training the next “Top Chef”.