Apio Completes Expansion of $19.5 Million Hanover, PA, Facility
- by Laura Hillen
GUADALUPE, CA – Looking to make more strategic moves for its Eastern U.S. and Canadian retailers, Apio, Inc., has announced that it has completed a major expansion of its operations in Hanover, Pennsylvania.
“Through our complete line of fresh produce products, Apio delivers unique value to retailers and consumers. The new production capabilities in the East enable retailers to increase their sales by satisfying their customers’ growing demands for nutritious dining choices that also deliver flavor variety and convenience,” said Anne Byerly, Vice President of Marketing and Innovation.
According to a recent press release, the $19.5 million expansion triples the size of the Apio’s Hanover facility to equal 64,000-square-feet, as well as increasing the facility’s production lines from two to ten.
“Apio’s revamped Hanover operations allow us to enhance our service platform in the Eastern U.S. and Eastern Canada by delivering tasty, easy-to-prepare fresh vegetable products to retailers’ shelves faster than ever — and giving their customers more good reasons to visit the packaged salad aisles,” continued Byerly.
Apio, a wholly owned subsidiary of Landec Corporation, stated that this completed expansion will further enable it to increase the spread of the company’s Eat Smart® brand, which includes nine gourmet vegetable salad kits; each of which contains five to eight superfoods for the health-minded consumer. Newest to the chef-inspired line, are the Strawberry Harvest Salad, the Sunflower Kale Salad, and the Asian Sesame Salad.
“Shoppers in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest and Eastern Canada are responding to our on-trend products, which include Eat Smart Gourmet Vegetable Superfood Salad Kits like Sweet Kale Salad and Wild Greens and Quinoa Salad," finished Byerly.
The Eat Smart® lines are formulated to give consumers a tasty and healthy dining experience, as they can toss, serve, and then enjoy the kits. Apio stated that the vegetable salads are available in 9 to 12 oz retail sizes, or larger family sizes of 16 to 32 oz.
The Eat Smart® lines are available in over 100 club and retail chains in the U.S. and Canada.
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