US food and beverage firm WhiteWave Foods is to invest US$69.8m in the expansion of its Mount Crawford production facility in Virginia.

The investment will see the addition of a new warehouse facility and machinery to expand production and meet increased market demands. The plant manufactures the firm’s Silk, Horizon Organic, International Delight and Land O’Lakes products.

On completion of the project, the expansion is expected to create around 36 jobs.

The project is being partly funded by an $800,000 performance-based grant from the Virginia Investment Partnership programme.

“At WhiteWave, we are focused on investing in our Mount Crawford facility in response to increased consumer demand for our products,” said Jim Peacock, VP for supply chain at WhiteWave. “We are thrilled to continue to invest in our Mount Crawford plant with the support of state and local government officials, the community and our employees.”