Kraft Heinz is adding four production lines to a site in the US state of Minnesota.
The company is spending more than US$100m on expanding the plant, located in the city of New Ulm. The facility processes cheeses for Kraft Deli Deluxe slices, Handi-Snacks, loaves and foodservice products.
A spokesperson said “prep-work” for the expansion had started. “We expect our new lines to be up and running by the end of 2017,” the spokesperson said.
The move will add 50 jobs “in multiple positions”, the spokesperson added. “The addition of new jobs, production lines and economic development opportunities is a win for the city of New Ulm and for Kraft Heinz as we strive to accelerate our company’s future growth in the marketplace.”
In January 2013, the then Kraft Foods Group restructured operations at the New Ulm plant. It moved the production of cheese brand Velveeta to a facility in Illinois.
Earlier this month, Kraft Heinz confirmed around 40 jobs in Pittsburgh are to be cut amid moves to outsource some administrative roles. The Heinz ketchup and Oscar Mayer meats owner said the affected staff would leave the company next month.