VANCOUVER, B.C. — Premium Brands Holdings Corp., a producer, marketer and distributor of specialty food products, plans to build a $29 million, 212,000-square-foot sandwich assembly facility in Phoenix. The facility, which is scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2017, will complement the company’s sandwich production facilities in Reno, Nev.; Columbus, Ohio; Edmonton, Alta.; and Montreal.
Once the Phoenix plant is complete, Premium Brands said it will have approximately 610,000 square feet of sandwich production capacity. The new site will consist of modifying a newly constructed leased facility to allow for the installation of up to 16 high speed sandwich assembly lines, Premium Brands said. Initially, the facility will have six lines with additional lines being added as needed to support its growth.
“The strong growth of our sandwich business in recent years has been driven by several emerging consumer and industry trends that are rapidly gaining momentum,” said George Paleologou, president and chief executive officer. “Our continued investment in the sandwich category will not only help to ensure we maintain our leading role in responding to these trends but will also further enhance our ability to offer large national and international customers with unique product and supply chain solutions.”Premium Brands owns a broad range of specialty food manufacturing and differentiated food distribution businesses with operations in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Nevada, Ohio and Washington. The company’s brands and businesses include Grimm’s, Harvest, McSweeney’s, Bread Garden Go, Hygaard, Hempler’s, Isernio’s, Quality Fast Foods, Direct Plus, Harlan Fairbanks, Creekside Bakehouse, Stuyver’s Bakestudio, Centennial Foodservice, B&C Food Distributors, Shahir, Wescadia, Duso’s, Maximum Seafood, Ocean Miracle, SK Food Group, OvenPride, Hub City Fisheries, Audrey’s, Deli Chef, Piller’s, Freybe, Expresco, C&C Packing and Premier Meats.