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MANUFACTURING TIDBITS

ESSENTIAL MANUFACTURING

STARTS WITH FOOD by T.R. CUTLER

No one doubts that food is essential. Food manufacturing, production, processing, and logistics are booming. Online consumer demand for food delivery during COVID has driven a dramatic increase in the food sector, but the sheer velocity of new and expanding food plants in the past several months portends huge growth in 2021 and beyond. The size, geography, and scope of these projects indicate where 2021 food manufacturing is headed starting with Goya Foods which announced an $80 million expansion of its manufacturing and distribution facility in Brookshire, Texas.

Mission Foods plans to build a new tortilla manufacturing facility in Plainfield, Indiana. The 511,000-sq.-ft. leased facility will create 544 jobs, begin operations in 2021 and be fully operational in 2024.

Mount Franklin Foods opened its 220,000-sq.ft. candy manufacturing facility in San Jeronimo, Chihuahua, Mexico, across the U.S. border from Santa Teresa, New Mexico, and the company’s headquarters in El Paso, Texas.

Farmer Jon’s Popcorn plans a manufacturing facility in Lakeland, Florida, refurbishing a 7,300-sq.-ft. structure.

McCain Foods’ $300 million French fry expansion in Othello, Washington, resumed construction in early October after a pause due to COVID-19 restrictions. Hershey Co. will invest $135 million to expand its candy manufacturing operation by 90,000 sq. ft. in Stuart’s Draft, Virginia. Snacks are popular for home delivery in 2021 General Mills will invest $37 million to upgrade its cereal and fruit snacks production facility in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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Frito-Lay will spend $200 million to add a second line to make Baked Cheetos Puffs in Perry, Georgia. Lowcountry Kettle, maker of kettle chips, is expanding its Charleston, South Carolina, operation this summer, creating 24 jobs.

Kraft-Heinz Investing on Direct-to-Consumer Savory Snacks Kraft-Heinz’s recent deal to conduct research on fermented ingredients with APC Microbiome allows the company to take up new, novel flavors and formulations that are likely to appeal to experimental consumers. It is smart for the company to outsource parts of its business model in this way, as it allows Kraft-Heinz to focus on improving its supply chain, which was disrupted by COVID-19, as well as work on direct-to-consumer (DTC) channels, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

Profile for Manufacturing Outlook

Manufacturing Outlook for December 2020  

In this issue: Major Shifts In Manufacturing: From Industry 1.0 To The COVID Disruption And Industry 5.0, All Eyes On Georgia: Georgia Ranks...

Manufacturing Outlook for December 2020  

In this issue: Major Shifts In Manufacturing: From Industry 1.0 To The COVID Disruption And Industry 5.0, All Eyes On Georgia: Georgia Ranks...