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FOOD PROCESSING AND INNOVATION

Rhode Island is widely known as a top culinary destination – but not only for its lively restaurant scene and unique local shops. The state is also a top education destination for those looking to train in culinary studies. Johnson and Wales University is among the top schools in the country for students keen on pursuing a career in culinary arts, and provides a great feeder system for the state’s hospitality industry.

We are also leading the nation in food-system planning and innovation – spurred on by a growing demand for fresh, locally grown food among consumers. Unlike elsewhere nationally, the number of farms in Rhode Island is on the rise, and the state boasts a thriving young farmer network.

Key Facts

In 2020, Rhode Island’s food system accounted for over 75,000 jobs and $4.2 billion in sales.


Rhode Island tops the rankings in the percent of our farms owned by beginning farmers and those selling directly to consumers.


Rhode Island is consistently ranked among the best places in the United States to visit for food tourism.

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