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Folgers Investing $5M In New Orleans Expansion

Mon, 11/18/2013 - 1:49pm
The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The Folgers Coffee Co. plans a $5 million expansion in eastern New Orleans as parent J.M. Smucker Co. continues consolidating coffee production.

A new $3 million administration building will have bigger offices, not more people, Smucker spokeswoman Maribeth Burns told New Orleans CityBusiness (http://bit.ly/1aIm1oF).

City building permits show the company also plans a $2 million expansion at a production warehouse on Chef Menteur Highway.

Burns said products acquired with Rowland Coffee Roasters of Miami in 2011, including Hispanic brands Café Bustelo and Café Pilon, will be made and packaged in the expansion.

Folgers employs more than 500 people in New Orleans and Lacombe plants which also make Dunkin' Donuts and Millstone coffee brands.

Smucker's coffee production was consolidated to the New Orleans area as part of a $70 million move announced in 2010, closing plants in Kansas City, Mo., and Sherman, Texas.

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