- THE MAGAZINE
- FOOD MASTER
Blount Fine Foods of Fall River, MA, expects to double the size of its plant and add 100 employees when it completes its new 65,000-sq.-ft. expansion project later this year. Founded as an oyster house in 1880, the company manufactures refrigerated seafood. The expansion is expected to cost about $13 million.
Begun last July, Shearer’s Foods’ Massillon, OH, production facility phase 1 is now in the commissioning stage and should be complete by the end of April. The almost-64,000-sq.-ft. facility is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification and will include production of several varieties of tortilla chips. The facility is expected to use about 20% less energy per pound of product than the existing production lines.
Kraft Foods is investing $40 million in its Frederick County, VA, facility to expand production of Capri Sun beverages. The expansion is expected to create about 100 jobs.
Frito-Lay plans a $53 million expansion of its Topeka, KS, plant, which has already seen three expansions in as many years. The latest addition includes a high-rise addition to house a 70-ft. automated storage and retrieval system.