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Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Texas Supply Chain

[FOOD]

One in a series of reports the Comptroller has prepared on Texas supply chains; for more information please see below.

Food is an essential com­modity, and getting it to our tables involves a sophisticated supply chain with many vulnerable components. Severe weather and natural disasters have long posed risks to the food supply. More recently, the COVID-19 pandemic and cyberattacks have increased this essential sector’s vulnerability.

Food Supply Chain Industry, 2020

Share of Total Texas Gross Domestic Product (GDP): 4.9%

Total Texas GDP:
$85.6 Bil­lion


Food Supply Chain Industries

In general, the food supply chain includes the following industries and steps:

Agriculture:
Growing crops and raising animals for food.
Manufacturing:
Processing and packaging food products.
Transportation and warehousing:
Shipping and storing food products.
Wholesale trade (distributors):
Selling food products to grocery stores and restaurants.
Retail trade (grocery stores):
Selling food products to customers.
Restaurants:
Preparing and serving food products to diners.

Texas Food Supply Chain Employment and Wages, 2020

Texas Food Supply Chain Employment and Wages, 2020
Food Supply Chain
Industrial Sector
Texas Employment Average Annual
Wages
Total Wages
Agriculture 34,994 $40,899 $1.4 billion
Manufactur­ing 116,788 $51,586 $6.0 billion
Warehousing 1,400 $46,768 $65.5 billion
Wholesale Trade 89,894 $62,652 $5.6 billion
Retail Trade 256,136 $30,046 $7.7 billion
Food Services 966,782 $20,312 $19.6 billion
Total 1,465,994 $27,617 $40.5 billion

Source: JobsEQ

The food-related sectors of these industries employ 1.5 million Texans and provide $40.5 billion in annual wages.

Texas Food Supply Chain Contribution to GDP, 2020
IN BILLIONS OF DOLLARS

Agriculture: 5.8 billion , Manufacturing: 15.3 billion, Warehousing: 0.11 million, Wholesale trade: 14.7 billion, Retail trade: 15.0 billion, Food Services: $34.7 billion

TOTAL
$85.6 Billion

Source: JobsEQ

Texas Agriculture

Agricultural business plays a major role in the Texas economy, and its food and fiber system comprises all economic activities linked to the production of agriculture including manufacturing, retail sales, transportation and wholesale distribution.

Texas ranks fourth nationally in agricultural cash receipts, which totaled $20 billion in 2020.

Texas’ top five agricultural commodities in 2020 were:

  1. Cattle and calves ($8.5 billion, ranked no. 2 among all states)
  2. Dairy products, milk ($2.8 billion, no. 4)
  3. Broilers ($1.7 billion, no. 5)
  4. Cotton lint, upland ($1.6 billion, no. 1)
  5. Corn ($948.7 million, no. 12)

Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture

This is one in a series of reports the Comptroller has prepared on Texas supply chains.

See more information on Supply Chains and the Texas economy.

Glenn Hegar

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts



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