Specialty Food, Flowers, & Beverages

The Specialty Food, Flowers & Beverages industry cluster includes businesses that produce high quality foods and beverages utilizing the area’s micro-climates, grasslands and strong commitment of industry leaders to producing superior products on the Redwood Coast. The sectors include cow and goat milk and cheeses; grassfed and organic beef and lamb; wine, beer, cider and spirits; and flowers and trees.

Producers are increasingly collaborating to develop products, understand and enter new markets, share space, equipment, trucking costs and more—all of which has proven valuable to this cluster.

The Specialty Food, Flowers & Beverages industry decreased employment and firms with the last recession, but out-performed California’s agriculture in the same period. Average wages continue to increase in this industry and will soon exceed the regional average.