July 19, 2021

Nestle is investing $100 million (€84.64 million) to increase capacity at its frozen food plant in South Carolina to meet an increase in demand for its products.

The Swiss-headquartered multinational is adding a new production line and expanding an existing one at the facility in the town of Gaffney in Cherokee County.

Sales of Nestle’s Stouffer’s and Lean Cuisine brands are said to have jumped, reflecting an overall increase in frozen food sales during the pandemic.

“Our investment in the Gaffney factory will ensure that we can continue to meet consumer demand for two of our most popular and well-known brands,” Nicole Caldwell, the factory manager, said in a statement.

“The frozen food category has been growing for the last few years, and the pandemic has only increased that trend.

“As people spent more time at home, they rediscovered the convenience, value and great taste of frozen foods.”

A total of 160 jobs will be created through the expansion at the factory, which opened in 1980 as Stouffer’s plant.

In a press release issued by his office, Henry McMaster, the governor of South Carolina, said that the continued investment by Nestle USA in South Carolina “shows that companies find the recipe they need to be successful here”.

“Every one of these jobs will have an impact on Cherokee County, and we thank this great company for their commitment to our state,” he said.

The Nestle plant in Gaffney opened in 1980.
Nestle is the world’s largest food manufacturer.

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