> Most iconic product: Cranberries
Massachusetts is well known for its tech industry as well as for its colleges and universities. The state is also one of the nation’s leading producers of cranberries, producing about a third of the U.S. crop in 2014. Residents have been cultivating the small, tart berry in the state for nearly 200 years. Most of the state’s roughly 14,000 acres of cranberry bogs are located on Cape Cod and Southeastern Massachusetts. For the last 14 years, Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association and juice company Ocean Spray have hosted a cranberry festival on the Cape.
> Most iconic product: Cars
Home to Detroit, the Motor City, it is no surprise that vehicles and auto parts are Michigan’s most iconic product. The state shipped nearly $10 billion in automotive parts abroad in 2014, a 17.8% share of the state’s total exports. The state is also home to the headquarters of several of the world’s largest automakers. Headquartered in Dearborn, Ford manufactures the F series pickup, the best selling vehicle in the country. Additionally, General Motors is headquartered in Detroit and reported $155.9 billion in net sales in its fiscal 2014.
> Most iconic product: Butter
Most of the 9.7 billion pounds of milk produced annually in Minnesota goes towards the production of dairy products. One of them is butter. Nicknamed the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Minnesota is home to the headquarters of Land O’ Lakes butter brand. A member owned organization, Land O’ Lakes is the second largest cooperative in the nation.
> Most iconic product: Catfish
Fried catfish has long been a staple of Mississippi cuisine. It is perhaps no surprise that catfish farms have a long history as a pillar of the Magnolia State’s economy. Primarily farmed in and around the Mississippi River Delta, catfish are raised in densely packed 10 acre to 15 acre manmade ponds. Mississippi produced 350 million pounds of catfish in 2005, more than half the total amount produced in the United States. In more recent years, however, consumers seem to have shifted their preference towards cheaper varieties farmed in Vietnam and China.
> Most iconic product: Beer
Home to large numbers of German immigrants in the 19th century, St. Louis quickly became a city known for its beer. Though Anheuser-Busch is now a subsidiary of Belgian company InBev, Budweiser is still brewed in the United States. While the company operates 12 breweries nationwide, the oldest and largest Budweiser brewery is located in St. Louis. In 1966, the company’s flagship brewery was named a National Historic Landmark.