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Danone North America Plans Jacksonville, Florida, Operations

Danone North America, a leading food and beverage company, will locate a new bottle production line in Jacksonville, Florida. The $65 million project is expected to create 40 jobs over the next two years.

The investment will increase production of several of the company’s coffee and creamer brands in the U.S., including International Delight, Silk and SToK.

"We are delighted to announce this investment in our North American business, which will allow us to capitalize on consumer demand in key beverage categories including coffee creamers, plant-based creamers, and ready-to-drink coffee, while also supporting our long-term growth agenda," said Shane Grant, Group Deputy CEO, CEO Americas. "This investment will help us keep our products on our customers' shelves and give more American consumers the Danone products they love."

Danone North America’s portfolio of brands includes: Activia, DanActive, Danimals, Dannon, evian, Happy Family Organics, Honest to Goodness, Horizon Organic, International Delight, Light + Fit, Oikos, Silk, So Delicious Dairy Free, SToK, Two Good, Wallaby Organic and YoCrunch. The company currently has approximately 6,000 employees and 16 production locations across the U.S. and Canada.

"Advanced manufacturing is key to a winning strategy for Northeast Florida and we are thrilled that Danone North America will remain and expand its facility here," noted Aundra Wallace, president of JAXUSA Partnership. "Our region is known worldwide for its depth of skilled talent, lower operating costs and business friendliness, all of which will bear fruit for both Danone and our community at large."

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