Innovative Spaces: The Food Industry in Dallas-Fort Worth

From state-of-the-art manufacturing to kitchen coworking to R&D innovations, Dallas-Fort Worth is home to unique operations in the competitive food and beverage landscape.

From left: Farmer Brothers, Pilotworks, and La Moderna.

Site Selection magazine named Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington the No. 1 “most competitive” North American city in food & beverage last year. The impact of the more than 15,000 food and beverage businesses in DFW is substantial, accounting for roughly 370,000 local jobs. And, DFW remains a center of invention in one of the most competitive sectors in the nation.

We take a look behind the scenes at a few of DFW’s industry players with unique operations in the food and beverage landscape. Here’s the roundup.


Mexican Pasta Maker Goes High-Tech at Cleburne Facility

It’s the first La Moderna factory outside Mexico for Interamerican Foods Corp., and the company came to North Texas for a reason.


Pilotworks Has a Startup Sensibility With On-Demand Kitchen Space

Kitchen coworking: Pilotworks is designed for makers and food entrepreneurs in various industries — baking, consumer packaged goods, catering, and cooking classes — to have their own space.


Farmer Brothers Brews Business Success at New North Texas Home

The daily grind at Farmer Brothers new facility in Northlake goes beyond satisfaction in a job well done — you can actually taste it one sip at a time.

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Food and beverage innovation in DFW: Along with corporate facilities and restaurants, a number of industry players have introduced test kitchens to the area such as Jamba Juice, Pei Wei, Which Wich, and Farmer Brothers joining more established food innovation centers from Pizza Hut and Frito-Lay.

Site Selection Ranks DFW No. 1 Most Competitive in Food & Beverage


Which Wich

Which Wich CEO and “chief vibe officer” Jeff Sinelli says the new Brunchwhich, part of the restaurant’s new eggwich lineup, is the best he’s ever had. The eggwiches represent Which Wich’s first foray into breakfast offerings. It’s just one example of the innovation coming from the company’s R&D test kitchen on Main St. in downtown Dallas. [Photo: Merissa De Falcis]

Which Wich CEO Jeff Sinelli: ‘You Have to be on a Constant Journey of Innovation’


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Here are 5 Food and Beverage Trends You Should Watch


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TWU Introduces Flavor Chemistry Program to Address Local Industry Needs

It’s the only flavor chemistry-focused university food science programs in the U.S., according to Shane Broughton chair of TWU’s Nutrition and Food Sciences department.

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