Unilever is to invest US$152.5m in its New Century spreads facility in Johnson County, Kansas in the US.

The investment, announced yesterday (20 August), will see an expansion of the plant, in addition to the purchase of new machinery and equipment. Unilever employs around 150 people in Johnson County and expects to create 100 jobs as a result of the expansion.

The facility produces brands such as Country Crock, I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!, Promise, Imperial and Brummel & Brown.

"The investment and expansion of our New Century spreads facility is a significant milestone in the history of Unilever US and is in line with our strategy of investing back for growth in America," said Kees Kruythoff, president of Unilever North America. "By creating a world-class manufacturing facility we are further investing in our core food brands, and we're excited about the growth this will enable."

Unilever has offloaded a series of food businesses in North America in recent years. Last week, it announced a deal to sell its Wish-Bone and Western dressings business to Pinnacle Foods.