Food Engineering

Plant Openings: February 2011

February 1, 2011

Cargill invested $8 million at its Fresno beef production facility for several projects including updates to its food safety efforts and renovation and expansion of some packaging lines. The larger of the two expenditures, $4.2 million, involves the installation of a hide-on-carcass wash. A second capital expenditure of approximately $3.8 million involves the renovation and expansion of ground beef packaging lines.

Riviana Foods Inc. is building a new facility in Memphis, TN that will produce ready-to-serve, microwaveable rice products under the Minute rice brand. The facility will be integrated into the company’s 400,000-sq.-ft. processing and packaging plant at 2314 S. Lauderdale.

Malt-O-Meal plans a $136 million expansion to its Asheboro, NC plant. Expected to be completed in 2012, the project includes the addition of more than 200,000 sq.ft. of production space, two production lines and an 80,000-sq.-ft. warehouse.

Giant Eagle, with 228 stores and 160 GetGo locations, has opened a 170,000-sq.-ft. facility in Beaver County, PA to supply processed and packaged food to its stores.

Danon’s plant in West Jordan, UT will replace an older, existing water pre-treatment system with a new system. This will allow Danon to increase yogurt production from 145 to 242 tons annually while limiting the effect on the environment.