US food maker Sara Lee today (3 June) opened a sliced meats plant in Kansas City.

The company said the facility, on which it has spent over US$140m, would make sliced meats under the Sara Lee Deli and Hillshire Farm brands.

"This investment underlines our commitment to our core protein category and provides us with the ability to deliver to our customers and consumers the safest, highest quality, most cost-effective product possible," said CJ Fraleigh, CEO for Sara Lee's North American arm.

Last week, Sara Lee announced it had sealed the acquisition of US premium meats business Aidells Sausage for an undisclosed sum. The deal was first announced last month, when Sara Lee also admitted it was mulling its options over two more of its units - the company's international bakery arm and its North American refrigerated dough unit.