Kraft Foods to Invest $25 Million in Capri Sun and Packaging Technology

RICHMOND, VA - Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that Kraft Foods Group will invest $25 million to increase production of its Capri Sun beverages and install new packaging technology at its facility in Frederick County. The project will create 25 new jobs.

Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor McDonnell said, “Kraft Foods has been an important employer and corporate partner to Frederick County since 1991. Nearly three years ago I announced Kraft’s expansion at its Winchester facility, and today it is my pleasure to announce another significant investment to expand Capri Sun production and bring in new packaging technology. The site continues to expand, and this new manufacturing component will add to the longevity of this successful operation.”

“Kraft Foods employs about 460 Virginians at its Frederick County operation, and with this expansion will add an additional 25 employees,” said Jim Cheng, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade. “This project is a further testament to the company’s longstanding success at its Frederick County operation and we thank Kraft Foods for its continued investment in the Commonwealth.”

The Kraft Winchester plant celebrated its 20-year anniversary in Frederick County in 2011. Kraft Foods Group is North America’s fourth largest consumer packaged food and beverage company. The company’s iconic brands include Kraft, Maxwell House, Oscar Mayer, Planters and JELL-O.

“We are delighted to be creating 25 jobs and making this significant investment here in Winchester,” said Dilton “Dee” Gibbs, Plant Manager of the Kraft Winchester facility. “We have outstanding employees who continuously work at improving their skills and the efficiency of our facility.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Frederick County and the Winchester-Frederick County Economic Development Commission to secure the project for Virginia. Governor McDonnell also approved a $250,000 performance-based grant from the Virginia Investment Partnership (VIP) program, an incentive available to existing Virginia companies. The Virginia Department of Business Assistance will provide training assistance through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.

“Kraft Foods has been a key part of Frederick County’s growing cluster of food processing companies for more than 20 years, a span that has included numerous expansions,” commented Richard Shickle, Chairman of the Frederick County Board of Supervisors. “We are pleased that Kraft has continued to invest in our community and look forward to providing a business environment that ensures their continued success in Frederick County.”

Editor’s note: This press release was reformatted by Bloomberg.com.