RALEIGH, NC. — Frozen fruits and vegetables co-packer Meel Corp. announced it will invest $5.7 million to relocate a production facility to Oxford, NC, from Miami. The new location will include a packing and cold storage facility, Meel Corp. said.

“We’re beyond excited about our move to North Carolina,” said Michael Iaslovits, president of Meel Corp. “With the supply chain plagues and labor issues that surfaced after COVID, North Carolina represents an ideal geographical location for us — bringing us closer to our national customers and their delivery points. Our company name — MEEL is an assembly of the first letters of our family members — we’re happy to bring our family business to North Carolina, where we will hire new employees and expand our family.”

Headquartered in Miami, Meel Corp supplies frozen foods through its own brand and private labels. The company sources, develops, processes and packs organic and conventional fruits, vegetables, and frozen convenience products.

“North Carolina is a national leader in food and beverage processing,” said Machelle Baker Sanders, North Carolina Commerce Secretary. “Meel’s decision proves that North Carolina has a winning recipe for success — a strong supply chain, transportation infrastructure, and a diverse pipeline of talent, that we’re committed to further developing.”

A performance-based grant of $50,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help facilitate Meel’s relocation to North Carolina.