US food group Sara Lee is to open a sliced meat manufacturing facility in Kansas City with the creation of 250 jobs.

The US$130m 187,000 square foot facility will allow Sara Lee to develop “industry-leading technological processes” and give it the capacity for “long-term growth in the meat business”, the company said today (29 May).

“This industry-leading facility will reinforce our competitive advantage in value-added meats, one of Sara Lee’s top strategic categories and long-term growth drivers,” said CJ Fraleigh, CEO of Sara Lee’s North American Retail & Foodservice division.

“It will help us further build our Hillshire Farm and Sara Lee brands, both leaders in the fast-growing category of premium lunchmeat.”

Unified Government Mayor Joe Reardon added: “This is a public/private partnership that creates new jobs for our outstanding workforce at a critical time given our current economy.”

Last week, Sara Lee filed a hot dog lawsuit against fellow US food giant Kraft Foods’ Oscar Mayer business.

The suit alleges that the Kraft unit has falsely claimed that its Oscar Mayer Jumbo Beef Franks have a superior taste to Sara Lee’s Ball Park branded hotdogs.