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Food Specialization Center Planned in Bridgeton, New Jersey

Cumberland County Improvement Authority is undertaking a $9.2 million initiative that will result in a Food Specialization Center in Bridgeton, New Jersey. The new center is expected to bring 190 jobs and provide flexible spaces, technical assistance and other resources for new food production companies.

The CCIA recently received a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to construct the more than 31,000 square foot facility. The EDA recognized the planned Food Specialization Center, to be located adjacent to the Rutgers Food Innovation Center, for its ability to “provide developing companies a full complement of incubation space and business services to ready them for facility independence and maximum growth potential.”

The project, which is projected to involve 88 construction jobs and result in 102 full-time positions, will be constructed using existing infrastructure of Bridgeton’s Florida Avenue Industrial Park, where the Rutgers Food Innovation Center is currently located. The new Food Specialization Center will provide short-term accommodations for new businesses until they are ready to move to a fully independent facility.

“Completion of this project will provide regional capacity to grow and retain the cluster of food production companies developing their operations here. It will, ultimately, foster job creation and new business growth in Cumberland County,” Gerard Velazquez, the Improvement Authority’s President & CEO explained. According to Velazquez, resources at the new facility will range from industrial food processing space, freezer and cold storage, warehousing (with loading dock areas) and shipping to food safety regulation, marketing and sales support.

During the last 20 years, the RFIC has mentored more than 100 start-ups and established food businesses in New Jersey and the surrounding region. “Here at the new center,” Velazquez said, “these developing and other food companies will become better positioned to locate to independent industrial space in stand-alone facilities throughout our county.”

The Cumberland County Improvement Authority is responsible for the development, financing and management of projects and programs most vital to sustaining the economic and environmental future of Cumberland County. The Authority works in tandem with the Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders to foster increased economic growth to benefit all Cumberland County residents.


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