The Bangkok plant will make Loma Linda meals

The Bangkok plant will make Loma Linda meals

Atlantic Natural Foods, a plant-based products manufacturer in the US, is building a new facility in Bangkok with existing local partner Pataya Food Group.

The 47,000 square-foot plant, which will be embedded within the existing Pataya Food Group factory in the Thai capital, is expected to be completed in June, increasing the production capacity the two companies operate under a venture called Healthy Life Foods Co.

"Upon its completion, it will be the first space in Thailand fully dedicated to shelf-stable, plant-based foods production," Atlantic Natural Foods, owned by investment firm AFT Holdings, said in a statement.

The new facility will be exclusive to producing Loma Linda ready-to-eat meal products, as well as the company's Tuno seafood-alternative products.

Headquartered in Nashville, North Carolina, Atlantic Natural Foods makes alternatives to meat and seafood, as well as plant-based ready meals, cookies and egg substitutes under the brands Loma Linda, Neat and Tuno. 

The company also plans to increase capacity at its facility in North Carolina, with new equipment and new hires, although it did not say how many jobs would be created.

"In 2016, we committed to bringing tasty, shelf-stable, better-for-you, portable foods to the world at a good value, and we're pleased to experience a 40 percent sales increase year over year," commented J. Douglas Hines, Atlantic Natural Foods' chairman said.

He added the company had seen "our strongest numbers to date in 2020 with more and more people seeking plant-based and shelf-stable options".