Food Engineering

Plant Openings & Expansions: March 2011

March 1, 2011

Schar, Italian manufacturer of gluten-free foods, will build its US headquarters and a processing plant in Logan, NJ. Construction on the new 60,000-sq.-ft. structure is expected to begin in early spring. The $15 million facility will open in 2012.


Atkinson Candy Company has begun construction on a new 1800-sq.-ft. sugar liquefaction plant in Lufkin, TX. Rather than importing liquefied sugar from Louisiana, the company will use granular sugar and liquefy it.


The Nashville Bun Company, which produces rolls and buns for companies such as KFC and McDonald’s, has begun construction of a 25,000-sq.-ft., $7 million expansion, with production on the new line slated to begin in June 2011.


Bindi USA, Italian desserts producer in Totowa, NJ, broke ground on a new cold-storage facility in Kearny, NJ. The first phase of the 64,000-sq.-ft. structural steel facility is expected to be finished in late spring or early summer and includes a warehouse, office space and an interior loading dock. The second phase will include production and additional warehouse space.


Merchants Foodservice will add 32,000 sq. ft. of cooler and freezer space to its Jackson, MS distribution center. The expansion consists of one-million cu. ft. of freezer space and 240,000 cu. ft. of cooler space.