Scott Farms Completes 80,000-Square-Foot Facility, Expands Further into Europe
LUCAMA, NC – Matching consumers’ rising demand for all things sweet potato, Scott Farms International is continuing its own commitment to the success of the category with recent innovations and expansions. Last October, the company completed construction on an 80,000-square-foot storage and curing facility.
“Sweet potato consumption is growing in the U.S. and around the world,” said Linwood “Sonny” Scott, Jr., Co-Owner. “We built our automated line with the expectation it would offer a more consistent pack for our customers. It was only natural we move on to the next phase with more storage, as well.”
Scott Farms’ new storage facility adds an additional 600,000 bushels capacity to the company’s 1.6 million bushels of environmentally controlled storage capacity, according to a press release.
The project capped a two-year phase of robust growth for the sixth generation, family-owned farm with further expansions. The company also added a 60,000-square-foot automated packing facility in March of last year, which also allowed the company to place a new international office in Holland earlier this year.
“Increasing our storage capacity will help us serve our domestic and international markets better and more efficiently,” Dewey Scott, Vice President, Sweet Potato Operations, said. “Our new office in the Netherlands will complement our already successful office in the U.K. Our domestic business is growing with the trends in consumption as well. Scott Farms is committed to being at the front of the industry with quality, consistency, and safe products.”
In addition to infrastructure expansions, Scott Farms is also expanding its product line. The company added a new Steam-in-Bag in August to complement its added-value products.
“The Steam-In-Bag product is starting to gain traction with our retail customers,” Stephanie Williams, Director of Sales for Scott Farms, stated. “Our customers are the driving force for us. We are in a unique position as the grower, packer and shipper of our sweet potatoes to have control of the entire process from the plant to the customer. It is great to be able to offer the quality and consistency we do for our customers.”
Scott Farms is located on approximately 13,000 acres in the heartland of North Carolina. Incorporated in 1980, the company has been undergoing continuous operations and expansions for around 150 years.
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