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Portion-pack food firm plans $3.1m expansion

By Jenni Spinner+

Last updated on 01-Apr-2014 at 21:34 GMT2014-04-01T21:34:47Z

L&L Foods is expanding its single-portion food packaging business with an additional facility in Ohio.
L&L Foods is expanding its single-portion food packaging business with an additional facility in Ohio.

Growth in portion-packaged foods is moving L&L Foods to break ground on an additional facility to boost capacity.

L&L Foods is investing $3.1m to construct a facility in Wilmington, Ohio. Once completed, the facility will add about 100 jobs to the local economy.

Growth in portion packs

Roger A. Douglas, chief financial officer with the company, told FoodProductionDaily single-serve food packages are growing in popularity with consumers and foodservice clients alike.

The small portion size is perfect for single-serve convenience for consumers,” he said. “For foodservice applications, longer shelf-life and portion control are the main benefits.”

Douglas said the company selected the Ohio site based on available labor talent, logistics consideration for suppliers and customers, building availability, and building suitability. The 60,000-square-foot facility will include vertical and horizontal high-speed packaging equipment, accompanied by warehouse and office space.

Doubling capacity

The Ohio facility, with an anticipated production start date sometime in May, joins the flagship L&L Foods production facilities in Anaheim, California (also approximately 60,000 square feet).

Douglas told FPD the company is securing financial incentive packages with local and state tax and development bodies, he said.

L&L Foods is a niche packaging operation that focuses on portion-control food applications for retail food product companies as well as foodservice clients. The company’s product portfolio is composed of dried fruit, nuts, seeds, croutons and toppings, and salad dressing.

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