America’s farmers, food manufacturers, retailers and more are an important driver of our country’s economy. According to report released yesterday, the so-called “seed to shelf” or “farm to fork” industry accounts for nearly one-fifth of the country’s economic activity. Additionally, the industry contributes over 45 million jobs - or nearly 15% of all U.S. employment.

The beverage industry is proud to be a major contributor to the food industry's overall economic impact. The beverage industry provides over 253,000 jobs with a direct economic impact of $182.6 billion. From products in your neighborhood store to providing good-paying jobs and supporting local community initiatives, the beverage industry is a part of every community across the nation.

When you consider that the American food supply is the safest, most nutritious and affordable in the world, and then layer on this economic impact, it paints a prosperous picture of a crucial part of the fabric of America. Read more about Feeding the Economy report here.