US food major Kraft Heinz is to spend US$48m on its manufacturing facility in Springfield, Missouri, it has announced.

The ketchup, beans and macaroni cheese maker said the five-year project is to “enhance its manufacturing operations and capacity” but declined to provide further details when contacted by just-food.

This is the third major capital investment in the facility, which employs 950 people, in recent years.

João Araujo, senior vice president and head of US operations at Kraft Heinz, said: “Kraft Heinz has a rich history in the Springfield area, manufacturing some of the nation’s most iconic and beloved brands. We are thrilled to continue building on the success and growth we’ve experienced in Springfield by further investing in our facility and the community.”

Kraft Heinz has operated from the facility since 1954. Products that are manufactured at the plant include Kraft American Singles, Kraft Natural Cheese, and Kraft Macaroni & Cheese.

just-food archive, April 2020: “Our vision is for AI-delivered insights tied into automation” – Kraft Heinz on using artificial intelligence in manufacturing

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