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Food That Comes From Montana
Montana's food products are winning the trust of consumers around the world. Montana's clean environment and its reputation for hard-working, honest people has increased its product visibility among the growing number of consumers interested in healthful and hearty foods to add to their diets.
A growing interest among producers to supply distinctive products to a specific segment of a market is emerging. Organic and gourmet foods are gaining popularity among producers and consumers alike. A commitment to provide high quality specialty products fosters the recognition among consumers that Montana-made products are the best of their kind.
A diverse climate and fertile soil helps Montana farmers and ranchers produce a wide variety of high quality food products. While beef and wheat are the two largest commodities, many other products contribute to the state’s agriculture, including cherries, sugar beets and sunflowers to name a few. (Learn more about Montana's crops >>)
Montana’s food processing industry is a major part of Montana’s agricultural sector. Processed foods are called value-added products.This means taking a raw product, like wheat, and adding value to it by making something else with it; making it worth more. For example, if wheat is worth $3.67 per bushel, we can turn that wheat into flour and make it worth $15 a bushel. If we take that flour and make it into bread, the same bushel of wheat becomes worth $111.00.
Other Montana made food products include ice cream, beer, food seasonings, baked goods and mixes, meat snacks, boxed beef and pork, candy, smoked fish, pizza crusts, pasta, safflower and canola oil, breakfast cereals, jams and sauces. People aren't the only ones eating Montana made food. Montana crops are also used to make feed for farm animals.