SunOpta has announced it has made a ‘significant investment’ in its roasted snacks operations at its facility Crookston, Minnesota.
The news comes as the Canada-based company closes its Wahpeton, North Dakota, site, leading it to incur expenses of between $2 million and $2.5 million.
Capabilities from the company’s Wahpeton facility will be consolidated into the Crookston location, with operations at the North Dakota plant expected to cease during the second-quarter of 2018.
SunOpta – which owns the Pure Nature, Nature’s Finest and Sunrich Naturals brands – said the investment in the Crookston facility ‘further the company’s ongoing commitment to produce food products of the highest quality and safety for its customers and are expected to provide significant operational efficiencies’.
Dave Colo, CEO of SunOpta, said: “The investment in our roasted snacking capabilities reflects our continued efforts to optimise our portfolio and focus on product lines where the company is effectively positioned to generate long-term profitable returns.
“The investment in the Crookston facility will expand our capabilities and allow us to capitalise on the strong underlying consumer trends in healthy snacking and further advance our quality and food safety initiatives.”
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