Food Engineering’s 2018 Food Plant of the Year goes to Kraft Heinz. The facility, located in Davenport, Iowa, produces Oscar Mayer’s Deli Fresh and Lunchables product lines. This is the first greenfield construction project to be completed by Kraft Heinz since undergoing the merger.

Gray Construction completed the 382,157 sq. foot facility located on 70 acres in the Eastern Iowa Industrial Center. The plant employs the highest levels of food safety and state-of-the-art automation to optimize efficiency.

Additionally, Food Engineering names Dairy Farmers of America as the recipient of this year’s Sustainable Plant of the Year for its milk drying facility in Garden City, Kansas. This award recognizes a newly constructed food facility that has went above and beyond to build a food plant focused on reducing, reusing and recycling. Shambaugh & Son completed the 267,000 sq. ft. facility on a 165 acre site.

Both awards will be presented at Food Engineering’s Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, Fla. held April 8-11, 2018. Both Kraft Heinz and Dairy Farmers of America will be there to accept the awards and deliver presentations detailing their exceptional plants.

Food Engineering wants to thank all of the companies and firms that submitted their new plants for review. It was an extremely tough decision this year, and we are honored to have received all of the excellent nominations.

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