US snack maker Angie's Artisan Treats, the owner of the Boomchickapop brand, is opening a manufacturing and distribution centre in Reno.

The firm is to invest over US$1m in capital expenditure into the new plant and will add 160 jobs. Production is slated to start this month.

Jon Fieldman, SVP of operations, said: "With the goal to significantly grow our business, we decided early this year to start looking at the opportunity to expand in California, Nevada or Utah. In the end, we made the decision to move to Reno because of its business friendly attitude to help us establish ourselves here and business incentives received from the state."

A spokesperson for Angie's told just-food the facility would produce Angie's Boomchickapop Sea Salt, Sweet and Salty Kettle Corn and Lightly Sweet products.

The spokesperson added the facility allowed Angie's to be "more efficient" as it supported production for the western US market.

Earlier this year, the firm announced the launch of its first ancient-grain product, Boomchickapuff, which saw it step away from just producing popcorn.

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