Western Arkansas lays claim as the Edamame Capital of the U.S., producing the specialty soybean that can be eaten as a snack, a vegetable dish or processed into sweets.
Mulberry in Crawford County was the first site in the U.S. to commercially produce the tasty buttery bean, touted for its nutritional benefits, when American Vegetable Soybean & Edamame Inc. opened a processing plant there in 2012. The plant supplies supermarkets and major national retailers such as Costco, Sam’s Club and Whole Foods.
Edamame is one of many food and beverage production success stories in Western Arkansas, where a full menu of globally known companies have operations. The list includes Butterball, Cargill, Gerber, Kraft-Heinz Planters, OK Foods, Pepper Source, Tyson and pet food makers Mars Petcare and Simmons.