Muller Quaker Dairy, a joint venture between PepsiCo, Inc. and Theo Muller Group, opened of its new state-of-the-art yogurt manufacturing facility in Batavia, New York. The new facility, which will employ approximately 180 people, will serve as a national production and distribution center for Muller yogurt, which launched in select regional markets in 2012.
The more than 350,000 square foot facility, which sites on 82 acres, will have three production lines initially, which can produce more than 120,000 cups of yogurt per hour. The facility can accommodate up to eight production lines with room for future expansion. The company is targeting LEED certification for the facility, which would make it the largest LEED-certified dairy manufacturing plant in the world. Muller Quaker Dairy will source milk for the yogurt products locally.
"PepsiCo continues to perform at an extremely high level while simultaneously transforming our portfolio for the future and strengthening our position in high-growth food and beverage categories. We have invested over many years to expand our global nutrition offerings in ways that allow us to capitalize on new growth opportunities, and the new Muller Quaker Dairy facility demonstrates continued progress against this key business priority," said PepsiCo's Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi.
"The Theo Muller Group is a tremendous partner whose deep dairy expertise has allowed our joint venture to enter the U.S. market with a delicious product that our consumers absolutely love. Thanks to the support of Senator Schumer and other leaders at the state and local levels, Muller Quaker Dairy has found a great home here in Batavia,” she added.
"Expanding our brand from Europe to the U.S. has been a long-time goal," said Theo Muller . Theo Muller Group owner. "We are proud to partner with PepsiCo on this important business venture and we look forward to years of success in this country."