Leclerc Foods has acquired a sixth factory as part of its growth plan

Leclerc Foods has acquired a sixth factory as part of its growth plan

Canadian snacks manufacturer Groupe Biscuits Leclerc has snapped up a site in Phoenix as it looks to get closer to customers south of the border.

The facility, located in the Freeport Business Center, is Leclerc's sixth across Canada and the US. It will be equipped with a new production line for nutritional bars and is designed to offer consumers a full selection of organic and GMO-free products.

"This acquisition fits our business vision and corporate development strategy. It will allow us to position ourselves near our US clients as well as hone in on food trends in the US West Coast," Denis Leclerc, the company's president, said.

The 166,500sq.ft factory will create up to 100 new jobs once operational.

Mr Leclerc said the acquisition would also allow the firm to more easily serve markets in Mexico and South America too.

He added: "Not only are we increasing our production capacity, but we will also achieve substantial savings on transportation costs by being closer to key markets."

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SAINT-AUGUSTIN-DE-DESMAURES, QCFeb. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Leclerc Foods USA, a North American leader in the cookies, snack bars and crackers industry, is pleased to announce the acquisition of a 166,500-square-foot building in the Freeport Business Center for expansion of its food manufacturing operations in Phoenix, Arizona.

"This acquisition fits our business vision and corporate development strategy. It will allow us to position ourselves near our U.S. clients as well as hone in on food trends in the U.S. West Coast," asserts Denis Leclerc, President of Leclerc Foods USA.

Among other features, the company's sixth plant acquired on January 30 will be equipped with a brand new production line for nutritional bars and is designed to offer consumers a full selection of organic and GMO-free products—allowing Leclerc FoodsUSA to accelerate their development while building on its reputation as an innovator.

This acquisition represents growth potential that will enable Leclerc Foods USA to set up strategic locations in order to more easily serve markets such as the U.S. West Coast, Mexico and South America. "Not only are we increasing our production capacity, but we will also achieve substantial savings on transportation costs by being closer to key markets," explains Denis Leclerc.

Resulting from an investment of nearly $50 million over a three to five year period, this latest addition to the U.S. footprint of Leclerc Foods USA will generate up to 100 new jobs.

"We are committed to providing a great environment for business and business expansion in Phoenix," said Phoenix MayorGreg Stanton. "We are proud to welcome our Canadian friends at Leclerc Foods who have chosen our city to expand their manufacturing operations."

"An established family-owned business like Leclerc Foods is a great fit for Phoenix," said Councilman Michael Nowakowski, District 7, in whose district the manufacturing operation will be built. "Leclerc Foods is ready to create jobs and our city staff is ready to assist them in making that process as quick and easy as possible."

"We are thrilled that Leclerc Foods selected Phoenix for expansion and we thank them for investing in Arizona," said Sandra Watson, President and CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority. "Our strategic Southwest location, proximity to key regional growth markets, and competitive cost of doing business continue to be a magnet for global companies, and we are pleased to welcome Leclerc to Arizona.

"We're excited to welcome Leclerc Foods to the Greater Phoenix region," said Barry Broome, President & CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. "More and more Canadian companies are looking to the market to serve as their southwestern location for commerce and trade.  Greater Phoenix boasts an attractive business climate, access to vast consumer markets and a depth in the technical labor pool."

Original source: Groupe Biscuits Leclerc