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Pure Foods opens snacks manufacturing facility in Tennessee

FBR Staff Writer Published 02 February 2016

Specialty snack company Pure Foods has opened its global manufacturing facility in Tennessee, US.

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The 88,000sft modern facility, which is located at Gateway Commerce Park in Kingsport, will produce nutritional, low-fat snack foods for sale in the US, Canada and Mexico.

Pure Foods president and CEO John Frostad was quoted by vendingmarketwatch.com as saying: "Today marks an exciting new chapter for Pure Foods with the opening of this flagship venue. This is a one-of-a-kind facility, built to handle novel ingredients and deliver smart, delicious snacks. We look forward to the opportunities this location affords us for providing healthier snack choices to North American consumers."

The company has invested $22m investment in the Kingsport facility, which includes $15.5m in equipment and $6.5m towards the building and land which is 35 acres in all, leaving sufficient room for growth.

Pure Foods claims to use carefully sourced, non-GMO ingredients in its offerings along with technologies that enable integration of fresh fruits and vegetables in snack forms that help preserve up to 95% of nutrient value and also helping to minimize food waste, cost and environmental impact, reported vendingmarketwatch.com.

At the opening ceremony, the company also announced its acquisition, under license, of the Guiltless Gourmet brand of baked tortilla chips from New Jersey-based Manischewitz Company. The deal, which was effectuated from 1 January 2016, is intended to complement Pure Foods' portfolio of gluten-free, non-GMO verified snacks, the publication reported.

Initially, the company plans to hire 50-75 employees in the first year working in management, production, and research and development. Over the next five years, Pure Foods plans to increase the number to approximately 275 employees.

Pure Foods offers products made using range of proprietary, patented technologies to develop and produce specialty snack foods, such as the Chicpea & Lentille brand line.

Image: Pure Foods opens snack manufacturing facility.Photo: Courtesy of Mister GC/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.