Danone North America is investing up to $65 million over the next two years to create a new bottle production line in Jacksonville, Fla., to support the company’s long-term growth strategy. The new production line will deliver major benefits across the business, including enabling flexibility in bottle design, accelerating the company’s sustainability goals, and improving cost efficiencies. In addition, it will create up to 40 new full-time jobs.
Specifically, the expansion will increase the production of several of Danone’s coffee and creamer brands, including International Delight, Silk, and SToK, while supporting the company’s sustainability goal by reducing its overall water consumption, decreasing carbon emissions, and accelerating the company’s goal of packaging circularity.
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“We are delighted to announce this investment in our North American business, which will allow us to capitalize on consumer demand in key beverage categories, including coffee creamers, plant-based creamers, and ready-to-drink coffee, while also supporting our long-term growth agenda,” says Shane Grant, group deputy CEO, CEO Americas. “This investment will help us keep our products on our customers’ shelves and give more American consumers the Danone products they love.”
Mike Sloboda, Danone North America’s chief operations officer adds, “We are thrilled to be investing in the people and economy of Jacksonville, creating 40 new jobs in addition to supporting our approximately 110 existing employees, all with competitive wages and benefits. This investment will allow us to better serve our customers and operate our business in an even more efficient and sustainable way.”
“Advanced manufacturing is key to a winning strategy for Northeast Florida, and we are thrilled that Danone North America will remain and expand its facility here,” says Aundra Wallace, president of JAXUSA Partnership.