Food & Beverage

Food & Beverage

Maine’s vibrant food, beverage, and seafood industry is evolving and thriving.

Maine has a robust tradition of growing, harvesting, fishing, and manufacturing superior food, beverages, and seafood. Clean air and water, commitment to freshness and superior quality, and sustainable fisheries combine to create a unique brand that resonates with consumers around the world. While Maine is well known for potatoes, wild blueberries, and iconic Maine lobster, the state has a growing specialty food and beverage sector, producing award-winning craft beers, chocolates, salsas, jams, sauces, and more. Maine is fast becoming a top destination for foodies and craft beer lovers from around the globe.

Maine exports $600 million in food, beverages, and seafood annually

35% growth in the number of Maine food and beverage manufacturers

(2007-2017 US census data)

Craft beer industry contributed $261 million to Maine’s economy in 2020

Financial Assitance for Exporters

STEP Financial Assistance Award

Up to $20,000 per year for eligible Maine companies to support fees for legal/marketing/tax consultants, trade show participation, e-commerce and digital marketing, and other activities for overseas market entry or expansion

Market Access Program

Provides cost-share assistance to Maine’s food, agricultural, seafood, and beverage companies connect with global buyers to expand and develop their international markets

Industry Support

Supports US seafood, food, and agricultural companies entering international markets through export education, global connections, export strategies, and marketing financial assistance

For established food, beverage, or seafood companies looking to scale-up or more mature food, beverage, or seafood companies looking to expand markets regionally and/or nationally

The Division of Agricultural Resource Development programs including Real Maine focus on business development, market promotion, education, and regulation to assure that agricultural practices are economically and environmentally sound

To help established food and beverage companies expand and improve production capacity, create jobs, and meet targeted growth goals by offering funding for tailored consulting and access to financial resources and investor networking opportunities

To assist food businesses with food safety and quality testing, technical assistance, and education

In Good Company

International Investors

We’d love to hear from you to discuss your interest in this sector and Maine’s advantages.

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