Canadian organic food processor and manufacturer SunOpta Inc. announced plans Wednesday to make a “significant” investment in its Crookston, MN roasted snacks plant. At the same time, the company intends to close a roasting facility in Wahpeton, ND, folding its operations into the Minnesota plant.
“The investment in our roasted snacking capabilities reflects our continued efforts to optimize our portfolio and focus on product lines where the company is effectively positioned to generate long-term profitable returns,” explained Dave Colo, SunOpta’s chief executive officer, in a company press release. “The investment in our Crookston facility will expand our capabilities and allow us to capitalize on the strong underlying consumer trends in healthy snacking and further advance our quality and food safety initiatives.”
SunOpta said the firm will incur expenses of about $2 million to close the Wahpeton facility, including severance costs. Production there is scheduled to halt in the second fiscal quarter of 2018. It was not clear in the release how many employees will be impacted by the closure of the site.
The firm did not disclose the amount of its investment in the Crookston plant.
In Sept. 2017, the company announced an exit from its nutrition bar operations and said a related plant in Carson City, NV would be closed.