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Food and Beverage Manufacturing
An Impressive History of Food Production
Long a center of food production and distribution, Oakland is enjoying a nationally recognized, multi-dimensional food renaissance.
The city’s central location, plentiful industrial facilities and proximity to user-friendly Oakland International Airport make Oakland an excellent location, especially for smaller producers.
Oakland forms the backbone of the East Bay epicurean economy with caterers; specialty and artisan food producers; small and medium-sized product distributors; and restaurant supply, design and culinary research companies. Increasingly, Oakland’s restaurants sell homegrown products, with the help of a network of companies that deliver, package, distribute and market foods.
In addition to stalwarts such as Columbo Baking, California Cereal Products, ConAgra Foods, Svenhard’s Swedish Pastries and Snapple, Oakland is home to up and coming new food producers such as Numi Tea, Dobake Bakeries, Veronica Foods, Hodo Soy Beanery, Crunchy Foods, Linden Street Brewery, Voila Juice, Premier Organics, Revolution Foods and Lost Canyon, Dashe, and JC Cellars wineries.
Oakland Waterfront Food Trail
From farm to factory to fork—A continuum of food production in Oakland
Much of the city's revitalized food production, distribution, and supplier system is captured in the Oakland Waterfront Food Trail, a City-sponsored, self-guided tour spanning several neighborhoods and different types of food.
Enjoy a walk or cycle along Oakland’s Waterfront Food Trail, and preserve the history and presence of food-related companies. Stop to taste at businesses offering on-site food and beverage sales.
The Oakland Waterfront Food Trail was created in 2008 to support production and manufacturing in Oakland. The tour introduces participants to artisan and specialty food enterprises and educates policymakers, lenders, civic leaders, regulators, press and consumers about the importance of these activities in Oakland.
Oakland Food Policy Council
A center for food production and distribution for more than a century, Oakland now leads the nation in creating local food security and sustainability policy.
The goals: to produce 30% of Oakland's food needs within the city and to assure all residents access to healthy food. By keeping food production local, we can be more self-sufficient, have fresher food from people we know, and use less fuel to get food onto our tables.
The 21-seat Oakland Food Policy Council analyzes Oakland's food system in its entirety and recommends policies that will allow an equitable, sustainable food system to emerge naturally. OFPC members cover every range of the food delivery system--from farming to production and distribution to café operators, chefs, and the Alameda County Food Bank. The Council also responds to current policy initiatives, such as Oakland’s Zoning Code update.
The Oakland Food Policy Council is funded jointly by the City of Oakland, Alameda County Public Health, the Friedman Family Foundation and HOPE Collaborative.