Grab a Little Debbie Snack Cake and wash it down with some Green Mountain coffee. Or munch on some Frito Lay chips while sipping a Jack Daniel’s and Coca-Cola. Either way, you are enjoying a taste of Tennessee.
The food and drink products coming out of Tennessee can be found in almost any refrigerator or pantry. Bush Beans and Moon Pies. Tyson meat products and Pictsweet vegetables. And, of course, that smooth Tennessee whiskey, led by the famous Jack Daniel’s and his beverage cousin, George Dickel.
All told, more than 1,600 registered food and beverage producers operate in the state. The agriculture sector generates more than $3.3 billion in farm receipts each year, and overall the agriculture industry contributes $52.6 billion to the Tennessee economy and employs 38,000 workers.