September 8, 2023
CJ Foodville Corp., a subsidiary of CJ Group, will invest more than $47 million in a new bakery and food processing facility in Gainesville, GA, creating an estimated 285 jobs.
CJ Foodville is a subsidiary of CJ Group, one of the largest food service and food processing companies in South Korea. CJ Foodville made its first overseas expansion and entered the US market in 2004 with its Tous Les Jours bakery café brand, which currently has four storefronts in Georgia.
"Based on our strong profitability, we have decided to establish a factory in the U.S. to enhance our production and supply capabilities in response to the expanding scale of the TOUS les JOURS business,” said Tony Hunsoo Ahn, CEO of CJ Foodville USA. “We are committed to promoting the unique competitiveness of the K-Bakery, which is built upon excellent product quality in a diverse range of bread and cakes. Our ultimate goal is to establish the Tous Les Jours brand as a globally cherished bakery brand that transcends borders and captivates palates worldwide."
The new facility is expected to be completed in 2025, stated the office of GA Governor Brian P. Kemp. At full capacity, it will produce more than 19,000 tons of products per year. CJ Foodville will be hiring for positions in procurement, production, logistics, quality control, utility, HR/Accounting, and supply chain management related positions.
The governor's office also reported that half of the country’s top 100 food processing companies operate in Georgia. The state offers 178 million sq. ft of cold storage space, and logistics and infrastructure stemming from Georgia’s already central location in the southeastern US allow companies to quickly and efficiently move products in and out of the state.
CJ Foodville Foodville expects 120 bakery stores in the US by the end of this year and 1,000 by 2030.
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