GoGo squeeZ is one of the latest additions to a growing list of food manufacturers choosing either to relocate to Idaho or to expand operations already here. The roster of companies includes some of the largest job creators in recent years, many of whom complement Idaho’s bulwark industry, agriculture.
From 2004 to 2013, the number of Idaho food manufacturers rose 29 percent, to 302. The industry was Idaho’s 11th largest employer in 2014, according to the Idaho Department of Commerce, and it accounted for 18 percent of all foreign exports.
Commerce Director Jeff Sayer said Idaho is building its reputation as a destination for food manufacturing. His evidence: Idaho’s concentration of such businesses is twice the national average. “Facts are facts,” Sayer said. “Idaho is a food state.”