Mrs. Clark’s Foods, maker of a wide variety of juices, sauces and dressings has recently announced expansion plans at its Ankeny, Iowa, facilities by nearly 70 percent to meet growing demand. The company will be adding 69,000 square feet of food manufacturing, refrigeration and warehouse space to its 100,000 square foot plant and adding 13 employees to its payroll. The capital investment is expected to hit $7.3 million.
The company manufactures its own branded products that are sold in Iowa supermarkets and served in school lunch programs around the country. It also contracts with other national and international food companies to manufacture products under customers’ proprietary brands. The company is one of the largest exporters of mayonnaise to the Arabian peninsula.
Founded in the 1920s, Mrs. Clark’s chose its Iowa location because the state produces an abundance of soybean oil and cornstarch that are used in its products.
Did you know Iowa is a major food hub?
- Iowa is home to 34 of the largest 100 food manufacturers/processors (Source: Food
Processing Magazine, 2014)
- Iowa is the number one producer of corn, pork and eggs. (Source: USDA, 2014)
- Over a fifth (21.4 %) of Iowa’s manufacturing GDP comes from the food processing industry.
- More than 900 Iowa food processors generate nearly $37 billion worth of food products annually.
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