Sabra Dipping Co. Creates Success in Virginia
No. 1 Brand of Hummus Builds Center of Excellence
Sabra Dipping Co. recently announced two projects on its 49-acre campus at Ruffin Mill Industrial Park in Chesterfield County, Va. The company will expand its existing food manufacturing operation and establish a Center of Excellence research and development facility. The combined investment will bring $28 million and 90 new jobs to Chesterfield County.
In 2008, The Strauss Group partnered with PepsiCo. to form Sabra Dipping Co., and together selected Chesterfield County as the location for the company’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. Sabra has become the top-selling brand of hummus in the U.S., and continues to experience exceptional growth.
The manufacturing expansion will give Sabra 50 percent more production capacity, adding two new lines, a packaging automation system, water waste systems and additional plant improvements.
Since announcing the project last quarter, Sabra has already broken ground on its research and development facility. The 20,000-square-foot Center of Excellence will feature a state-of-the-art culinary center, ideation space, a pilot plant, and research centers.
Sabra chose Virginia again for both its skilled workforce as well as the ability to partner with the Commonwealth’s leading higher education institutions. According to Sabra CEO Ronen Zohar, "The fact that we are building the Sabra Center of Excellence in Virginia is a testament to our belief in the people, the community and the resources available here."
Resources such as Virginia Tech’s Department of Food Science and Technology will help Sabra establish best practices in the areas of food technology, agriculture, nutrition, manufacturing and packaging. Virginia Tech’s Food Analysis Laboratory and Packaging and Processing Pilot Plant ensure a highly trained Virginia workforce stands ready to fulfill present and future industry needs.
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