Country Fresh, a US ready meals maker, has opened a 55,000sq ft processing plant in Hatfield, Pennsylvania.

The facility is designed to process the company's full line of products, as well as manage year-round production of fresh-cut apples. The site currently employs 50 people.

"We are excited to open the Hatfield plant to accommodate our ongoing growth and expand our presence in the northeast region," said Scott Silkwood, Country Fresh vice president of operations. "Regional plants enable us to customise processing to local markets, and allow for shorter lead times with more frequent deliveries, which mean customers get the freshest products."

Country Fresh operates six conventional and organic processing facilities in Florida, Iowa, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas.

The company's products include its organic line of whole and processed produce, premium snack packs and Country Fresh Creations Blender Salsa kits.