Saturday 23 September 2017

Greencore in $6m US expansion

Colm Kelpie

Colm Kelpie

FOOD giant Greencore is to create 350 jobs in the US by investing $5.75m (€4.47m) in a food processing facility in Virginia.

Greencore's investment follows its acquisition of the former Marketfare Foods in April last year. It will take on its main customer of 20 years, convenience store 7-Eleven.

Virginia state Governor Bob McDonnell said he travelled to Ireland last July to meet with the Greencore Group to discuss the recent acquisition.

"Successfully competing for this project against other locations is a great testament to the opportunity Greencore sees for its Virginia operation to provide new capabilities in the fast growing food-to-go category and extend the company's geographic footprint along the east coast," Mr McDonnell said.

"We celebrate 350 new job opportunities and a resulting increase in volume for Virginia-grown produce that will greatly benefit the commonwealth's agricultural producers in the region."

Greencore has 22 manufacturing facilities in the US and UK, producing a wide range of products including food to go, chilled prepared meals, quiche, cakes and pasta sauces for major retailers.

The company's US wing is headquartered in Danvers, Massachusetts, and employs over 1,000 across its six sites.

Irish Independent

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