We learn about the present and future of food manufacturing here in the Milwaukee area as part of our Project Milwaukee: What's on Our Plate? series. Shelley Jurewicz is Vice President of Economic Development for the Milwaukee 7. The organization has just issued a report on the Milwaukee region’s food and beverage manufacturing industry.
The Milwaukee-area company Northwestern Extract is playing a behind-the-scenes but also vital role in the flavor of Wisconsin beverages – as well as products made by companies around the country. Bill Peter is President of Northwestern Extract, the flavoring company his grandfather started in Milwaukee almost a hundred years ago. The company just left Brookfield and moved into a new facility in Germantown. We spoke with the company as part of our Project Milwaukee: What's on Our Plate? series.
As we're exploring in our series Project Milwaukee: What's on Our Plate?, Milwaukee’s food and beverage industries don’t just send products out to the world – foreign ingredients also make their way to our market through local companies, like Milwaukee-based Rishi Tea. Ben Harrison is the Co-owner and VP of Sales for Rishi Tea, Todd Wickstrom is the company's chief operating officer. They spoke with Bonnie North.
Southeastern Wisconsin has long been a leader in the world of manufacturing. That reputation might conjure images of machinery and tools. But nine percent of the items manufactured here are food products.
There are more than 250 food and beverage factories in southeastern Wisconsin, and the economic development group, the M7, estimates that those companies employ more than 14,000 workers and generate nearly $600 million in annual salaries. In this installment of “Project Milwaukee: What’s on our Plate?” WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson takes us to several operations that have been growing.