Pinnacle Foods has selected a location for a plant on the East Coast of the US to make products for meat-free unit Gardein.

The US food group has acquired a manufacturing and warehousing site in Hagerstown in Maryland. Over the next 18 months, Pinnacle will revamp the facility to manufacture Gardein-branded products.

"The brand is quickly outgrowing the capacity of its Vancouver, British Columbia facility and it makes sense to add production capability on the east of coast of the US," Pinnacle told just-food.

Pinnacle acquired Gardein in November when it bought the brand's owner, Canada-based Garden Protein International.

Speaking to just-food in April, Yves Potvin, Garden Protein International's founder, said the company was looking at sites for manufacturing on the east coast. He said the business was also looking to up capacity at its Vancouver plant by 50%.

Click here for the full interview with Potvin.