With more than 100 establishments in Food and Beverage Manufacturing, Portland is Maine’s food hub.
Over 2,200 employees in Food and Beverage Manufacturing, accounting for over 30% of Maine’s total Food Manufacturing employment.
New England’s specialized clusters of companies for Seafood Manufacturing and Beverages (Craft Beer) are in Portland.
A defined cluster of employees: the occupations of Food Batchmakers and Food Processing Workers make up a greater proportion of Portland’s workforce than in any other major New England city
Plus, savings of up 24% on food manufacturing wages are available compared to these cities
The University of New England’s campus in Maine has constructed a Marine Science Center, which provides state-of-the-art facilities for marine education and research and includes a Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center licensed by the National Marine Fisheries Service.
The Casco Bay Estuary Partnership (CBEP) at the University of Southern Maine was formed to protect and restore the water quality and fish and wildlife habitat of Maine’s Casco Bay ecosystem while ensuring compatible human uses. The Partnership consists of municipal officials, state and federal agencies, quasi-governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, local businesses, and interested citizens.
University of Southern Maine has also just launched a Food Studies minor program.
In 2015, the Portland Metropolitan Statistical Area exported $130m of Fish related products.
Hannaford, B&G Foods, Walmart, Advance Pierre Foods are existing food companies in Portland.
In 2016, Greater Portland was designated by U.S. Commerce Department as one of the nation’s 24 Manufacturing Communities for Food Production. “This is an exciting time for local food producers in our state.” – Maine Senators Susan Collins and Angus King in a joint statement.