Tropicale Foods, manufacturer of authentic Hispanic-inspired frozen novelty treats under its Helados Mexico and La Michoacana brands has announced the creation of a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Lubbock, Texas, having renovated and retrofitted an existing factory.
Construction is currently underway and production is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2023. The US$75 million investment in the 227,000 square foot facility supports a rapid growth initiative as the company aims to expand capacity to meet rapidly growing consumer demand for its portfolio of products.
The renovation of the former food manufacturing facility has been welcomed by the Lubbock Economic Development Agency as a significant “boost” to the local economy and job market, as the factory will begin hiring in the fourth quarter of 2022.
“I am excited to have the new Lubbock factory join our network of manufacturing facilities and serve as a key production hub to support the company’s continued national growth,” said Steven Schiller, CEO at Tropicale Foods. “In addition to aligning with Tropicale’s growth trajectory, the opening of this facility allows us to continue to excite and delight our consumers with our market leading Paletas and serve our retail partners at the highest levels.”
The factory will manufacture a variety of the company’s products under the Helados Mexico and La Michoacana brands including Fruit and Cream Paletas. Top flavours include Strawberry, Coconut, Mango and Arroz con Leche.
The company will also manufacture products from its La Michoacana line which was acquired in January 2021. These products include paletas in favourite flavours such as Bubble Gumand Choco-Fresa, as well as a chocolate-covered strawberry bar. These products are available nationwide in the US across multiple channels.
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