Plant Openings: June 2014

Ocean Spray’s new processing and bottling plant in Upper Macungie Township, PA celebrated its grand opening in April. The 300,000-sq.-ft., fully automated processing plant features Tetra Pak and Krones equipment. The plant is said to be the first US beverage facility powered by hot water in lieu of steam, which saves energy. The company will retire its Bordentown, NJ plant.

Canada-based Champion Pet Foods plans to open its first US facility in Auburn, KY. The $85 million plant will use ingredients from local farms and ranches.

Glanbia Nutritionals opened a new food-grade, next-generation grain processing facility in Sioux Falls, SD. The 63,000-sq.-ft. ingredient facility produces MeadowPure flaxseed ingredients, as well as a growing portfolio of chia, quinoa and other ancient grains.

Indiana Packers Corp. plans to open a second facility in Frankfort, IN. The pork products company is purchasing and renovating a 56,500-sq.-ft. facility, which is expected to be operational later this year.

Sazerac is spending $70 million to expand three distilleries. It will invest more than $20 million on a new 83,000-sq.-ft. warehouse and distribution center in Buffalo Trace, KY; $45 million on a 223,000-sq.-ft. distribution center at its Glenmore distillery in Owensboro, KY and $5 million to purchase equipment to increase production at its Barton 1792 distillery in Bardstown, KY.

The Chattanooga Coca-Cola Bottling Company plans to invest $62 million in a new Tennessee facility that will occupy 305,000 sq. ft. and include space for distribution and sales.

Charles & Alice Company entered into a lease for a 55,000-sq.-ft. facility in Lancaster, PA to serve as its first processing site in the US. The company produces fruit pouches and will spend more than $10 million in improvements, new machinery and equipment.

Heartland Food Products Group, which makes drink mixes and sweeteners, will invest $21 million in Indianapolis, IN facility to renovate 435,000 sq. ft. of production and distribution space. The expansion includes new production lines, filling equipment and end-of-line packaging equipment.

Tallgrass Brewing Company of Manhattan, KS will triple its production by renovating a 60,000-sq.-ft. facility and turning it into a brewery.

Simmons Pet Food Inc. of Emporia, KS is adding a new canning line, which is projected to be in operation by the end of this year.

WinCo Foods opened a distribution center in Phoenix, AZ. The facility includes more than 900,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space and will serve 19 WinCo food stores in the Southwest.

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