Northern Illinois Business Spotlight: Axium Foods in South Beloit

Axium Foods, a division of McCleary Inc., is headquartered in South Beloit, IL. Mac McCleary started his own private label snack food company on November 22, 1960, and called it McCleary Industries, later to be renamed to McCleary Inc., and then Axium Foods, Inc. Axium Foods is a manufacturer of corn-based snack products, including plain and flavored tortilla chips, corn chips, puffed cheese snacks, and crunchy cheese snacks.

Axium is a private label snack food manufacturer (with 20 private label companies supported) and the maker of Pajeda’s snacks. In November 2020, Axium Foods celebrated 60 years in business. Mac McCleary passed away in 2007, but the company remains to be family-owned and operated. Axium Foods employs over 200 local individuals, contributes over $17,000,000 annually to the local economy, is involved in multiple area development groups, and donates throughout the community to local organizations. For more information on their products or their history visit their website:

Thank you Axium Foods for being a great company and resource for our community for over 60 years!