GK Foods & Services Limited will commission its sixth manufacturing plant in Jamaica next year, following retrofitting of a newly acquired facility to process fruits and vegetables for the local market and export.
The 60,000 square foot plant in Denbigh, Clarendon, already contains a specialised agro-processing production line.
GK Foods, a subsidiary of GraceKennedy Limited, is investing $215 million overall in the acquisition and retrofitting project, but Group CEO Don Wehby declined to disclose how much of that was spent on the acquisition and the seller of the asset, citing confidentiality agreements.
GraceKennedy’s last investment in new manufacturing facilities was a pepper plant commissioned at Hounslow in St Elizabeth in 2011 to produce pepper mash as raw materials for the manufacture of its own branded food and spice products, but also for sale to agro-processors. The Denbigh Plant to begin operating around mid-2018, will give the company additional capacity in the frozen foods arena, inclusive of locally produced tubers to be procured from farmers. It’s expected to create 70 jobs.
Published in the Jamaica Gleaner
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