Looking to grow east of the Rocky Mountains, Harry’s Fresh Foods says it will expand operations with a 200,000-sq.-ft. production facility in Nashville, TN.
The Oregon-based manufacturer—which supplies refrigerated and frozen soups, entrées, sides and desserts—says the additional facility will improve efficiency and available delivered shelf life of its fresh, natural and organic products.
The new Nashville facility will produce branded and private-label products for club, retail and food-service customers. Harry’s Fresh Foods will also continue to pursue partnership in the contract–packing and private-label business.
The facility in Nashville was previously operated by Oberto Brands of Kent, WA which announced in January its plans to close the plant after three years there. Harry’s Fresh Foods will hire 25 employees in Nashville on May 1, with another 60-75 employees to be added in July.
The goal is to have the facility up and running in the third quarter of 2016. The transaction will close on April 29. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.