Variety is the spice of life for food manufacturers in Texas. Whether they were Texas-born or attracted to Texas's business-friendly landscape and atmosphere, numerous and diverse food products are produced in the Lone Star State. Here is a taste of local Texas flavors:
Texas' Top 10 Foods
Variety is the spice of life for food manufacturers in Texas. Whether they were Texas-born or attracted to Texas's business-friendly landscape and atmosphere, numerous and diverse food products are produced in the Lone Star State. Here is a taste of local Texas flavors.
Pilgrim's Pride Corporation
Pilgrim's Pride Corporation, founded in 1946, has its headquarters in Pittsburg and operates poultry processing facilities in Dallas, Mt. Pleasant, Nacogdoches and Waco. The corporation today employees about 41,000 workers and brings in annual sales of $8.5 billion, making it one of the largest poultry producers worldwide. Pilgrim's Pride, most famous for its fresh and frozen chicken, also produces deli and salad products.
The Spoetzl Brewery, located in Shiner, is the 100-year-old brewer of traditional Bavarian-style Shiner Beers. While Shiner Bock is the brewery's oldest and most popular brew, Shiner produces six other unique year-round beers plus seasonal brews in honor of the countdown to its anniversary. Shiner Beers can be found in retail stores and bars in 38 states.
Greenberg Smoked Turkeys, Inc.
Greenberg Smoked Turkeys, Inc., based in Tyler, began as a family tradition of smoking turkeys and became a business in the 1940's. Still a family-owned and operated company, Greenberg sells its signature turkeys, which are hickory smoked and spiced with a family recipe, to nearly 200,000 customers across the country every holiday season. The Wall Street Journal named Greenberg Smoked Turkeys "Best Overall" and "Best Value" for holiday mail-order treats.
John Soules Foods, Inc.
Tyler-based John Soules Foods, Inc. has been producing quality fajitas and marinated meats since 1975. The leading fajita processor in the nation, John Soules Foods produces its value-added meat products in its 250,000-square-foot facility, which was expanded in 2006. John Soules fajitas are distributed to the foodservice industry, restaurant groups and retailers.
Mars, Inc., founded in 1911, is the world-renown manufacturer of food, candy and pet care products and operates one of its seven U.S. manufacturing facilities in Waco. The producer of Skittles, Starburst and Snickers, the Waco facility has received national attention as a green plant by using recycled and renewable methane gas from the city's landfills. Mars, Inc. products are among the top selling candies and pet care products in the world.
Founded in Waco, Texas in 1885, Dr Pepper lays claim to being the nation's oldest major soft drink and part of one of the nation's leading beverage companies, Dr Pepper Snapple Group. Created by a pharmacist at a corner drugstore in Waco, the iconic soft drink still uses its original unique formulation of 23 natural and artificial flavors. Today, the Dr Pepper Museum is located in one of the company's original bottling plants in Waco, tracking the history of the nostalgic soda.