Kraft Heinz to sell NY facility
By Canadian Packaging staffGeneral The Kraft Heinz Company Upstate Niagara Cooperative
Upstate Niagara Cooperative to purchase the dairy facility with a long-term co-packing deal with Kraft Heinz.
CAMPBELL, N.Y.—The Kraft Heinz Company and Upstate Niagara Cooperative have announced that Upstate Niagara will purchase the Kraft Heinz cheese plant located in Campbell, N.Y. Closing of the deal is expected to be completed within the next 60 days.
“We’re thrilled to announce that Upstate Niagara Cooperative has agreed to purchase our Campbell dairy facility and has signed a long-term co-packing agreement with Kraft Heinz,” says The Kraft Heinz Company senior vice-president of corporate & government affairs Michael Mullen. “This deal guarantees that at least 125 jobs will remain in Campbell with anticipated growth to 150 within a year, during which our business customers will experience zero disruption in the service of our dairy products. As part of our commitment to this transaction, Kraft Heinz has pledged an ongoing investment of $3- to $5-million to improve and maintain the Campbell facility.”
Upstate Niagara Cooperative chief executive officer Larry Webster says: “We look forward to adding the Campbell cheese facility to our organization in the coming weeks.
“As a dairy cooperative owned by farm families throughout the region, this acquisition is an investment by our member owners towards continued and long-term growth for our cooperative and the Campbell facility. We are proud to be able to keep manufacturing jobs within the community while offering additional products and manufacturing capabilities to our customers,” Webster states.
About Upstate Niagara Cooperative
Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Inc. is a farmer-owned cooperative of 360 dairy farms throughout Western New York dedicated to producing, manufacturing and distributing high-quality, fresh and delicious dairy products under the Upstate Farms, Bison, Intense Milk, and Valley Farms brands and more. For more information, visit www.UpstateNiagara.com.
About Kraft Heinz
The Kraft Heinz Company is the fifth-largest food and beverage company in the world providing products for home, restaurants or on the go. The company’s iconic brands include Kraft, Heinz, ABC, Capri Sun, Classico, Jell-O, Kool-Aid, Lunchables, Maxwell House, Ore-Ida, Oscar Mayer, Philadelphia, Planters, Plasmon, Quero, Weight Watchers Smart Ones and Velveeta. For more information, visit www.kraftheinzcompany.com.