The Bellingham Business Journal
Food manufacturer Inventure Foods, Inc. last week announced plans to add a second manufacturing site to its existing company-owned IQF berry processing and packaging facility in Lynden.
Operations at the new site, located in Bellingham are expected to begin in April.
Inventure has entered a long-term lease agreement for use of a 35,000-square-foot cold storage and production facility located at 500 Orchard Drive.
The new Bellingham site will act as a dedicated packaging center.
“Consumer demand for healthy, natural foods continues to grow, and our Lynden, Wash. berry processing facility operates near capacity as a result,” said Terry McDaniel, Inventure Foods chief executive officer of Inventure Foods, in a statement.
The company added additional IQF equipment last year to allow it to process 55 million pounds of berries annually at our existing facility, and this new building will open up an additional 10,000 square-feet of potential IQF space in the future.
It will also eliminate a 15 mile trip between Inventure’s current cold storage location and packaging center.
The expansion provides Inventure with more than three times the amount of packaging space than its Lynden facility currently provides.
In addition to its Lynden facility, Inventure Foods operates two IQF fruit processing and packaging plants in Salem, Ore. Inventure also operates two plants in Georgia that process and package IQF vegetables, breads and other items.