Agrana has launched a fourth US plant

Agrana has launched a fourth US plant

Austrian fruit preparation firm Agrana has claimed it will create 60 new jobs through the opening of its fourth plant in the US.

The new site for fruit preparations is located in Lysander in New York state.

It will manufacture approximately 45,000 tonnes of fruit preparations based on strawberries, blueberries or peaches for the fruit yoghurt, bakery product and ice cream industry and create 60 new jobs.

The firm already has three other plants in the US in Ohio, Tennessee and Texas.

"We have identified rising customer demand particularly in the north-east of the USA and Canada. The construction of a fourth fruit preparations facility in this region in order to sustainably consolidate our market leadership was therefore a logical investment step," Agrana CFO Walter Grausam said.

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The AGRANA subsidiary AGRANA Fruit US Inc. yesterday officially opened its fourth production site for fruit preparations in the USA. Around € 30 million have been invested in this new facility located in Lysander, in the state of New York.

The new site will manufacture approximately 45,000 tonnes of fruit preparations based on strawberries, blueberries or peaches for the fruit yoghurt, bakery product and ice cream industry and create 60 new jobs. In the interests of sustainability, the planning and construction of this facility was in accordance with the international LEED standards (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

"We are delighted to open this new plant after just one year of construction work. North America is an important growth market in the area of fruit preparations. We have identified rising customer demand particularly in the north-east of the USA and Canada. The construction of a fourth fruit preparations facility in this region in order to sustainably consolidate our market leadership was therefore a logical investment step," AGRANA Group CFO Walter Grausam highlighted in his opening speech. In contrast to the stagnating European market, the US market most recently achieved annual growth of 5% in fruit preparations due to the trend in the direction of products with a higher proportion of fruit, such as Greek yoghurts.

Fruit preparations at AGRANA 
Fruit preparations contain top quality fruit which is prepared either as a liquid or in pieces in order for these to be used mainly in dairy products but also in the ice cream and bakery industries. These products are individually designed and further developed in cooperation with customers. AGRANA produces fruit preparations at 26 sites worldwide. Besides the plant in Lysander, AGRANA also has three other facilities in the USA, namely at Botkins (Ohio), Centerville (Tennessee) and Fort Worth (Texas). The US head office for administration and product development is in Brecksville (Ohio).

Original source: Agrana