For the fourth year in a row, Genesee County has been recognized as one of the fastest-growing food-processing industry metros by Business Facilities, a national site selection publication.
The agricultural and food and beverage sector employs more than 1,500 workers in Genesee County, and throughout the Western New York and the Finger Lakes region there are more than 20,000 employees within the food and beverage cluster.
The number has increased significantly in recent years with the opening of Alpina Foods LLC and Muller Quaker Dairy, along with the expansion of other food processors in the county.
Alpina Foods, a leading dairy-producing company in Colombia and South America, recently opened its first specialty yogurt manufacturing plant at the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park. It is Alpina’s first United States facility and the company recently exceeded its original job commitments of 50 employees.
PepsiCo, in a joint venture with German dairy company Theo Müller, also recently opened its own $206 million yogurt manufacturing facility, Muller Quaker Dairy, and as of June has hired 110 employees for its Batavia facility.
“The recent construction of two new food-processing facilities demonstrates a substantial return on our investment in our Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park,” said Steve Hyde, president and CEO of Genesee County Economic Development Center, in a statement.
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