J. R. Simplot Company
The J. R. Simplot Company is a privately held food and agribusiness corporation based in Boise, Idaho, with more than 10,000 employees worldwide. Annual sales exceed $3 billion. The company has grown into a global food and agribusiness conglomerate with products sold in every state and many foreign countries. Simplot produces products for professional foodservice operations and consumers. Among their products are frozen potatoes, avocado products, premium select fruits and vegetables, and specialty foods.
Lactalis American Group
Lactalis American Group is the U.S. holding company of Group Lactalis, the world leader in dairy products. The Lactalis Nampa plant employs more than 600 Idahoans and produces cheese and whey product with milk sourced 100% from local dairies in Idaho. Lactalis has invested nearly $200 million and nearly tripled the number of employees since they acquired the plant in 1999 from J.R. Simplot Company.
Great American Appetizers
Great American Appetizers has been providing premium appetizers to the foodservice trade since 1959, offering a complete selection of frozen appetizer products from their manufacturing locations in Nampa, Idaho. Great American Appetizer’s 200 employees specialize in manufacturing proprietary, custom-made products serving the nation's finest regional and national restaurant chains.
In 1994, PowerBar opened its first state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Boise. Founded in 1986, PowerBar would go on to be purchased by Nestle in 1999. Today, the Boise location continues to serve as a manufacturing plant, as well as a distribution facility for PowerBar products.
In 1945, Ruth Bigelow created "Constant Comment" tea, and the Bigelow Tea company was born. In 1983, Bigelow Tea opened a 60,000 sq. ft. production facility in Boise that produces many of the company's signature specialty teas, and has a veteran workforce with an average tenure of over 12 years.
Land O'Lakes is a national, farmer-owned food cooperative that does business in all 50 states and 60 countries. With $11 billion in sales in 2010, the company is a leading marketer of dairy-based consumer, foodservice and food ingredient products across the United States. Land O'Lakes operates production, packaging, and research facilities in Nampa.
Meadow Gold Dairy has been producing fresh, quality dairy products since 1901, and is the region's oldest and largest full-service dairy company. Meadow Gold has production facilities in seven western states, including Boise.
Founded in 1952, Marathon Cheese is one of the largest independent cheese packaging companies in the world. Through four locations, including one in Mountain Home, Marathon Cheese packaged products ship to all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
Materne's GoGo Squeez: in 2014, GoGo Squeez joined the food-processing scene in the Boise Valley, with a new state of the art facility in Nampa, ID. Here, the company manufactures squeezable applesauce and other fruit pouches. The Nampa facility will house 230 employees at full ramp-up.