Cedar’s Foods, a US-based producer of Mediterranean speciality hummus, is poised to open a new factory on the back of a US$100m investment.
The 125,000 sq ft facility in Ward Hill, Massachusetts, is nearing completion and will add to the company’s three existing sites on the campus. It is due to open in August and will enable Cedar’s to double annual capacity to 208 million pounds of hummus and other Mediterranean foods, according to a statement.
Cedar’s, which was founded by Abe and Layla Hanna, also offers a co-manufacturing service for private-label customers led by chief executive Charles Hanna. Its natural and organic product range includes Mediterranean salads, Greek yogurt dips such as Tzatziki, salsa, pitta chips and wraps, all of which are non-GMO, gluten-free and suitable for vegans.
Chris Gaudette, the firm’s chief financial officer, said: “This investment represents our long-term commitment to expanding our brand and growing the category, while retaining our values as a local, family-owned company. Cedar’s is dedicated to providing our customers with the highest quality, authentically crafted hummus and Mediterranean foods, using the best ingredients inspired from authentic recipes passed down by our founders.”
Around 125 jobs will be created from the project, adding to the 750 current staff members employed across its manufacturing, distribution and dry-storage facilities in Ward Hill.
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Nick Scangas, Cedar’s chief operating officer, added: “We believe that this will be the most advanced hummus manufacturing facility ever built. We have successfully adopted the latest technology, which will control costs and increase efficiencies, all while maintaining our proven process of delivering products without the use of preservatives.”