Y International USA, a Lyndhurst, N.J., division of LuLu Group International, opened its first U.S. export distribution center in Lyndhurst.

Y International USA specializes in exporting food and household products for its parent company’s 130 hypermarkets located throughout the Middle East and India. The company will be purchasing, re-labeling and exporting food, non-food, chilled and frozen products.

The 75,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art export distribution center features spacious storage units and advanced machinery to process and handle dry, frozen and perishable food and non-food products. It has created 80 full-time jobs since its inception, and expects the staff to increase to 200 within the next few months.

According to company executives involved in the location decision, New Jersey was considered the ideal location for the company’s first U.S. export distribution center based on its close proximity to major airports, seaports and over-land connectivity, making it possible to ship fresh, frozen and grocery products under one order. The availability of high-quality products was also a factor in the location decision.