The Milwaukee Food and Beverage cluster (FaB) has been empowering local food entrepreneurs. As a $71 billion industry, the food ingredients manufacturing industry is expected to grow at a rate of 14.5 percent nationally. Wisconsin is ranked second in the nation in organic food production, which is expected to grow at an even higher 20 percent rate. And because of its abundance of fresh water, Milwaukee is placed competitively to support these industries. Shelley Jurewicz, vice president of economic development for the economic development organization Milwaukee 7, explains: "We're creating something that is creating the ecosystem for the cluster that we have here to thrive," she said. "We have to play with all shapes and sizes of companies here in the region that are in that space."
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