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Bonduelle USA to add 22 jobs here as part of $20M expansion

bonduelleEmpire State Development on Thursday announced frozen food processor Bonduelle USA Inc. will expand operations at its locations in Monroe and Genesee counties.

The company is investing in new equipment and machinery at its facilities in Brockport, Bergen and Oakfield, which will increase production and improve efficiency at the three plants, state officials said. That growth will require the addition of 22 new full-time jobs and will mean the retention of 340 jobs in the region.

To encourage Bonduelle to expand its operations in New York, Empire State Development has offered up to $700,000 in performance-based Excelsior tax credits, which are tied to the creation of 22 new jobs and retention of 340 existing jobs. The total project cost is $20 million and Bonduelle expects the expansion to be completed by June 2018.

The canned and frozen vegetable producer is well-established in the Americas, operating several production sites, including four in the United States, seven in Canada and one in Brazil.  These sites are used for frozen and canned vegetables and a variety of canned sauces, baked beans, legumes and soups. As well as producing for major retail brands, the American subsidiary also markets vegetables under its own brands, including Arctic Gardens and Graves in Canada, and Bonduelle in Canada, the United States and Brazil. The company services supermarkets and catering circuits including restaurants, institutional food service and school dining halls.

Daniel Vielfaure, president of Bonduelle Americas Long Life, said, “Bonduelle is encouraged and excited to continue its business growth in the United States in which our New York State plants play integral part.”

Supporting Agribusiness is among the top priorities of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council and the regions Finger Lakes Forward Initiative.

Bonduelle has over 13,500 employees worldwide.

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