Silk Milk, DanoneWave
The Mount Crawford, Va., facility produces plant-based beverages.

RICHMOND, VA. — DanoneWave, the combined business unit of Danone and WhiteWave Foods, plans to invest up to $60 million to expand its plant-based beverage manufacturing operation in Mount Crawford, Va.

Governor Terry McAuliffe, Virginia
Governor Terry McAuliffe

“We are thrilled to carry on Virginia’s 30-year corporate partnership with legacy WhiteWave Foods to DanoneWave, and look forward to the company’s next chapter in Rockingham county as it expands its product portfolio,” said Governor Terry McAuliffe. “The Shenandoah Valley has emerged as a hub in the food and beverage manufacturing industry, and growing this critical sector is an important part of our efforts to diversify and build the new Virginia economy. The Commonwealth is proud that our existing businesses continue to reinvest and expand their global footprints from Virginia, and we are honored to boast DanoneWave on our corporate roster.”

The project will add production capacity and expand warehouse space at the plant, DanoneWave said, as well as create up to 49 new jobs. The facility currently employs more than 500.

Dan Poland, DanoneWave
Dan Poland, chief supply chain officer for DanoneWave
“Our success as a business is integrally linked to the ecosystem in which we operate, and we are grateful to Virginia, the governor, his extended team, and everyone in Rockingham county for being so encouraging and for providing such a productive environment,” said Dan Poland, chief supply chain officer for DanoneWave. “With the support of our employees, business partners and the community at large, including the Commonwealth, we are able to provide better-for-you food and beverage choices.”