Raleigh, NC -- This month marks three years since we started bringing you Made in the Triad stories. Our first one aired in March 2009, showcasing TW Foods, which makes Texas Pete Hot Sauce.
We started bringing you these stories during the height of the recession. There were so many stories about layoffs, businesses closing shop and industries being shipped overseas, that we needed some good business news. We found it in companies all across the Triad.
Businesses like the ones we showcase are key to the success of our state. They're the ones bringing jobs and creating products you find on your grocery store shelves.
On March 20, 2012, the NC Agriculture Department held its annual Flavors of Carolina event, that showcases local companies who make food and food-related items across the state.
Agriculture/Agribusiness has a nearly $70 billion economic impact on North Carolina and accounts for 648,000 jobs according to the NC Department of Agriculture. Agriculture/Agribusiness is North Carolina's leading industry in terms of economic impact.
State Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler says that during the recession, agriculture and agribusiness grew across North Carolina. He says events like Flavors of Carolina help get locally-made products to customers. "When we do that, we're growing local food and economies and as long as that money stays in our local communities, we're helping everybody to profit," Troxler said.
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