Also, Illinois is the location of some of the largest food trade fairs in the country such as the annual Food Marketing Institute and National Restaurant Association shows held at the McCormick Place in Chicago. Linked with the food processing industry is a thriving food processing equipment industry. In fact, Illinois the top state in the country for sales of food processing equipment.
- Number of employees: 120,000
- Number of food manufacturing companies: 1,300
- Value of the food processing industry: $14 billion
- Value of the processing equipment industry: $2.7 billion