Origin Food Group, a company and manufacturer of ice cream, yogurt, and novelty foods, plans an expansion at its facility in Iredell County in response to production needs for its growing client base. The company plans to make a $3 million investment for the expansion and renovation of its current facility and the addition of new equipment to bring on a new novelty food line. The project will generate up to 40 new jobs. The company moved to Iredell County in 2018 with the acquisition of their existing building.
“We have experienced great success bringing our U.S. operations to Iredell County in 2009. This success has encouraged investment in NC and will further foster strong partnerships. We built our company on vast experience and innovative firsts in dairy and functional foods. We find the local economy able to support this tradition,” expressed the President and CEO, Halil Ulukaya of Origin Food Group.
“We are excited by Origin Food Group’s announcement to expand its current facility in our county. This expansion and investment demonstrate its commitment to deepen its roots here in Iredell County with local dairy farmers and help grow our economy. The company has established solid relationships with our dairy farms and has strengthened ties with this recent decision to expand,” said Chairman James Mallory, Iredell County Board of Commissioners.
The Iredell County Board of Commissioners and the City of Statesville will support the expansion with an economic development incentive grant in the amount of $111,739. The State of North Carolina has also provided support to the project through training grant dollars available through the NC Community College System and administered through Mitchell Community College. The project improvements are expected to be completed by end of 2022.
Partners involved in the project include the City of Statesville, Iredell County, North Carolina Community College System, Mitchell Community College, and Iredell County Economic Development Corporation.
About Origin Food Group
Origin Food Group is based in South America. The company expanded its business to North America in 2009, making its home in Iredell County. As a family-owned company who led the movement in South America for healthier and more convenient food solutions, which today is known as Functional Food, the company has a proven commitment to bettering taste and nutrition for its customers.
For nearly four decades, the company’s life work is to produce better tasting and more nutritious products that deliver real and measurable wellness benefits. Fueled by this commitment, the company was the first in South America to:
- Introduce Swiss-style drinkable and spoonable yogurt products.
- Fortify every product with extra vitamins, minerals and supplements.
- Use only premium ingredients, such as HOWARU® probiotics and TruCal® calcium.
- Deliver specific functional benefits, such as Benecol to lower cholesterol and iron to fight childhood anemia.
For more information visit, www.originfoodgroup.com.
About Iredell EDC
Iredell County Economic Development Corporation is a public-private partnership that promotes economic growth and stability in our community by supporting the creation of new jobs and encouraging investment. We accomplish this through new business attraction, support of existing industry, building a world-class workforce, and collaboration with our community to build prosperity for all. For more information visit, www.Iredelledc.com.
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