Beech-Nut opens new infant food facility

by Eric Schroeder
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TOWN OF FLORIDA, N.Y. — Beech-Nut Nutrition Corp. on June 1 held a grand opening ceremony at its new 650,000-square-foot infant food production facility in the Town of Florida, N.Y. Beech-Nut has filed an application to attain LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Certification, which would make it the first infant food production facility in the world and one of a few food processors in the United States to receive such a designation.

“Our new facility and our impending LEED-Certification puts Beech-Nut in a great position to grow our company and our brand,” said Jim Schneider, president and chief executive officer of Beech-Nut Nutrition Corp. “It not only enhances our mission of providing the most nutritional baby food products in the marketplace, but just as important reinforces our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint.”

The new facility, which is located in the Florida Industrial Park, will employ approximately 500 associates, including 135 positions as a result of the relocation of Beech-Nut’s headquarters from St. Louis. The facility also will become home to Hero’s North America operations and replaces Beech-Nut’s existing plants in Canajoharie and Fort Plain, N.Y.

Beech-Nut first announced plans for the new facility in May 2007.

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