The J. M. Smucker Company plans to build an additional Smucker’s Uncrustables sandwiches manufacturing facility in Longmont, Colorado, US.
The construction of the facility will start in spring 2017 with production expected to begin in calendar year 2019.
The new facility will help meet growing demand for Smucker’s Uncrustables sandwiches, which are pre-made frozen peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that consumers thaw and serve.
The Smucker’s Uncrustables sandwiches brand has grown from approximately US$10 million in annual sales in 2000 to a US$200 million business today.
It ended fiscal 2016 with its 17th consecutive quarter of double digit growth in US retail sales.
The new Longmont facility will complement Smucker’s Uncrustables sandwiches manufacturing facility in Scottsville, Kentucky, which will continue to produce up to two million sandwiches per day.
With a total potential investment of US$340 million, the Longmont facility will be constructed in two phases over multiple years.
Phase one includes up to an initial US$200 million investment to construct and operate the new facility.
There is an opportunity to invest an additional US$140 million for phase two expansion, dependent on product demand.
The facility will have approximately 250 employees when phase one is complete and up to 500 employees in total with the completion of phase two.