The Kraft Heinz Co., Chicago, announced plans to sell its Campbell, N.Y., cheese plant to Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Buffalo, N.Y.
“We’re thrilled to announce that Upstate Niagara Cooperative has agreed to purchase our Campbell dairy facility, and has signed a long-term co-packing agreement with Kraft Heinz,” says Michael Mullen, senior vice president of corporate and government affairs at Kraft Heinz. “This deal guarantees that at least 125 jobs will remain in Campbell with anticipated growth to 150 within a year, during which our business customers will experience zero disruption in the service of our dairy products. As part of our commitment to this transaction, Kraft Heinz has pledged an ongoing investment of $3-5 million to improve and maintain the Campbell facility.”
“We look forward to adding the Campbell cheese facility to our organization in the coming weeks,” adds Larry Webster, chief executive officer of Upstate Niagara Cooperative. “As a dairy cooperative owned by farm families throughout the region, this acquisition is an investment by our member owners toward continued and long-term growth for our cooperative and the Campbell facility. We are proud to be able to keep manufacturing jobs within the community while offering additional products and manufacturing capabilities to our customers.”