January 4, 2021
Food and beverage giant Nestle is moving forward on a $100 million expansion project at its Jonesboro, AR production facility, the Arkansas Economic Development Corporation announced in a recent release. The company intends to add a new line to support production of Hot Pockets sandwiches.
“Consumers are embracing eating at home like never before and rediscovering the frozen category, an evolution brought on by the pandemic that is showing signs of taking hold for the long term,” Mike Mahon, the manager of the Nestle facility, said in a statement. “As we embrace the trend and plan for the future, we’re excited to be investing in our Jonesboro factory to support our Hot Pockets business.”
Nestle opened the Hot Pockets plant in Jonesboro in 2002, the same year it acquired the snack sandwich brand. The products were launched in 1983.
“Almost 20 years ago, Nestle chose to locate in Jonesboro because their forward-thinking leaders knew that Jonesboro and Nestle were both primed to grow,” said Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin in the release. “Together we have. Nestle has shown they are more than a business; they are part of the Jonesboro family.”
Work on the new line is slated to begin this month.
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