Dean Linton to chair N.C. Food Manufacturing Task Force

Media Contact: Suzanne Stanard, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences communications, 919-264-4998 or

N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory, along with N.C. State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean Richard Linton and N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Steve Troxler, today will announce the creation of the North Carolina Food Manufacturing Task Force.

The announcement will take place Thursday, June 18, at 2 p.m. at the Gov. James G. Martin Building on the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. Media are invited to attend. 

Linton will chair the task force. N.C. Lt. Governor Dan Forest, N.C. Secretary of Commerce John Skvarla and Troxler also will provide task force leadership.

The task force, created by executive order this spring, is made up of 30 members with experience in all aspects of food manufacturing including farming, transportation, packaging, processing and economic development. The task force will focus on developing a strategic business plan to leverage existing activities in food processing and manufacturing; establishing a statewide food processing and manufacturing organization; creating a plan to develop a proactive industrial recruitment campaign for new business development; and planning to foster the growth of food manufacturing entrepreneurial endeavors, enhance development of innovative food products and processes and provide sector-specific regulatory training and outreach.