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indirectly responsible for just over 100,000 jobs in 2012.
Rounding out the top five California food and beverage
processing sectors for 2012 in terms of value-added
were: baking (comprised of bread and bakery product
manufacturing; cookie, cracker, and pastamanufacturing;
and tortilla manufacturing); fruit and vegetable canning,
pickling, and drying; and soft drink and icemanufacturing.
These sectors were responsible for $2.64 billion, $2.22
billion, and $1.72 billion in direct value-added activity,
respectively. In terms of employment, the baking sector
accounted directly or indirectly for more than 89,000
jobs, the fruit and vegetable canning, pickling, and drying
sector was responsible for another 73,000 jobs, and total
employment due to the soft drink and ice-manufacturing
sector was about 58,000.
California’s food and beverage processors are also
important contributors to tax revenues at all levels of
government. Statewide each million dollars in output
by the sector generates nearly $100,000 in additional
federal taxes and nearly $78,000 in additional state and
local taxes. In total, we estimate that Statewide the sector
was responsible, directly or indirectly, for $10.5 billion in
federal tax revenues and 8.2 billion in state and local tax
revenues in 2012.
Impacts in Selected Counties
Table Five reports economic impacts from food and
beverage processing for 30 individual counties in
California chosen based upon the importance of food
and beverage processing in these local economies. The
direct value-added due to food and beverage processing
in these 30 counties accounts for 72% ($18.1 billion)
of the statewide total, with Los Angeles County alone
accounting for 24% of the state’s direct value added.
These 30 counties are responsible for 86% of direct food
and beverage processing sector jobs in the State.
Among the 30 counties included in the table, Stanislaus
County is second in terms of total value-added activity,
employment, and sector output, with nearly $1.3 billion
in direct value-added economic activity in 2012, with