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Nature’s Bakery Plans Salt Lake City, Utah, Baking Operations

Nature’s Bakery, part of Mars Incorporated family of brands, plans to establish operations in Salt Lake City, Utah. The $237 million project is expected to create more than 190 jobs during the next ten years.

The new 339,000-square-foot baking facility is scheduled for production in July 2025.

“I am thrilled for our strategic expansion with the establishment of a cutting-edge baking facility in Salt Lake City,” shared Steve Gardiner, CEO of Nature’s Bakery. “This investment marks a significant milestone in our brand’s ability to drive greater capacity to meet growing consumer and retailer demand. As a self-manufacturer, this facility joins our existing bakeries to reflect our commitment to innovation and quality, and underscores our confidence in the thriving business environment of Utah. We look forward to contributing to the local economy, cultivating community, and creating job opportunities as we further our brand purpose of nourishing families and enabling them to thrive.

State officials offered the company a post-performance tax reduction as part of the state’s Economic Development Tax Increment Financing program.

“We offer a warm welcome to Nature’s Bakery, a producer of wholesome, plant-based food that aligns with our state’s health-conscious lifestyle and love for outdoor activities,” noted Ryan Starks, executive director of the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity. “With Utah’s strong emphasis on well-being and sustainability, Nature’s Bakery’s offerings are poised to resonate with our communities. We look forward to the positive impact it will bring to our local economy, the creation of many jobs, and contribution to the flourishing food culture in Utah.”

Nature’s Bakery is part of KIND, a healthy snacking leader, and the Mars family of companies. The company’s on-the-go snacks are plant-based, dairy-free, nut-free, and non-GMO Project Verified and sold nationally at 100,000 stores including Target, Walmart, and Costco.

“Nature’s Bakery’s investment is a reflection of Team Utah’s collaborative and thorough recruitment process, and we appreciate the close involvement from Utah’s community partners and utility providers,” added Scott Cuthbertson, president and CEO of EDCUtah. “We look forward to continuing to partner with Nature’s Bakery as they grow and prosper in Salt Lake City.”

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