Frulact to set up fruit preparation plant in Canada
Portuguese food processor Frulact is planning to enter the North American market by setting up a new fruit preparation and processing plant and research and development facility in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
The company plans to break ground on the plant later in the year with plans to open it in early fall 2016.
Frulact Canada has acquired a prime development land in the Cataraqui Estates Business Park in the city's west end for the project.
Spread over an area of around 75,000ft2, the proposed plant will initially employ 50 people, and will support the region with additional jobs in the future.
Canada Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Jeff Leal said: "Food and beverage processing plays a key role in helping grow Ontario's economy.
"The province has worked hard to support Frulact in their decision to make Kingston their base for North American operations, and we will continue to provide support for companies wishing to do business in our province.
"This new operation will help Ontario's agri-food industry continue to grow and contribute to the Premier's Agri-Food Growth Challenge of creating 120,000 new jobs by 2020."