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Multiple Factors Lead to Delay of Amy’s Greenville, SC Plant Retrofit and Operations
Petaluma, California - Amy’s Kitchen, the nation's top-selling brand of natural and organic convenience foods,announced today that the company will delay the opening of a manufacturing facility in Greenville, South Carolina for a few years.
Earlier this year, Amy’s acquired the former Sara Lee plant. Since then, Amy’s has been engaged in the complex process of developing an engineering and construction plan to retrofit the facility to meet its unique manufacturing needs. Current plans estimate at least an additional year of construction would be required to complete the project.
Concurrent with this planning stage, Amy’s sales and manufacturing capacity needs have rapidly grown, reaching a critical point. A review of available remedies has resulted in the decision to reconfigure existing operations to more quickly provide the capacity to meet immediate needs.
“Right now, in order to keep pace and be fiscally responsible to all of our stakeholders, we are forced to take immediate action and use resources we have at hand for expanding our capacity. This means we urgently need to turn our attention to problem solving with existing and fully operational plants in Oregon and California,” said Mark Rudolph, Amy’s Kitchen’s CFO.
“We continue to be thankful to Governor Nikki Haley and all the individuals in local government who have been extremely welcoming and supportive of our work here. We are grateful to our loyal, hard-working, terrific teams of employees and consultants.” said Rudolph. “We’ll know more about how we will proceed in coming months and be better able to discuss our progress and plans at that time.”
Amy’s is the nation's leading source of natural and organic convenience food. The market for organic foods is among the fastest-growing grocery categories, with sales expanding at more than 10 percent annually. Now celebrating its 23rd year, Amy's is a family-owned and operated business based in Sonoma County, California. Its products are available nationally in natural foods stores, most supermarkets and select warehouse club stores, as well as internationally.
Amy's uses certified organic ingredients, including vegetables, grains and fruits grown without pesticides. Fats are used sparingly and selectively; all dairy ingredients are made with pasteurized rBST hormone-free milk and do not contain animal enzymes or animal rennet. No dishes contain meat, fish, shellfish, poultry, eggs or peanuts. Amy's products are non-GMO and do not contain hydrogenated fats or oils.
For more information about Amy’s products, the company and more, visit www.amys.com .