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Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 6:05 am

GCEDC board to vote on two food processing company expansion projects

post by Howard B. Owens in Alpina Products, GCEDC, Yancey's Fancy

Press release:

The Board of Directors of the Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) will consider at its Oct. 3 board meeting final resolutions for tax exemptions related to Yancey’s Fancy’s new processing facility and an expansion project proposed by Alpina Foods.

Yancey’s Fancy is seeking sales tax and mortgage tax exemptions and a property tax abatement to build a new facility within the Buffalo East Technology Park (BETP) located in Pembroke. Yancey’s Fancy plans to purchase approximately 12 acres within the BETP and build a 112,000-square-foot facility. The company plans to keep its artisan cheese operation and retail store in the current location on 857 Main Road in Corfu, while operating the new processing facility for its other product lines.

Yancey’s Fancy currently has 108 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees and expects to add 50 more over three years after the certificate of occupancy is obtained for the new facility.

Alpina Foods is seeking approval of a final resolution for sales tax exemption valued at $40,000 related to its proposed expansion plan. Alpina is planning a $2.5 million investment in new production equipment and $500,000 in interior construction (furniture, fixtures, and non-manufacturing equipment). Associated with this expansion plan, Alpina has committed to adding an additional 15 full-time equivalent employees to its workforce over the next three years after completion of the expansion project.  

A leading South American dairy products company, Alpina Foods constructed its first U.S. manufacturing facility in the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park in 2011. The facility employs 50 full-time workers on site and has met initial job creation commitments ahead of schedule.

The GCEDC Board meeting will take place at 4 p.m. and is open to the public. Meetings are held at the Dr. Bruce A. Holm Upstate Med & Tech Park -- 99 MedTech Drive, Batavia, second floor, across from Genesee Community College.

Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 8:17 am

Alpina inks deal for gluten free granola topping for yogurt

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Alpina Products, business

Press release:

Artisan dairy manufacturer Alpina Foods teams up with Udi’s Gluten Free Foods, America’s leading gluten-free brand, to provide wholesome, certified gluten-free granola for its Alpina Greek with Artisan Granola brand Greek yogurt.

“There’s just nothing like Alpina Greek with Artisan Granolas in stores right now,” says Gustavo Badino, Alpina Foods’ General Manager. “Partnering with Udi’s to prepare our proprietary blend of granolas helps us raise the bar for quality in the yogurt aisle, while also satisfying a niche in the market for a more fulfilling Greek yogurt option by offering consumers the only convenient, all-in-one yogurt and certified gluten-free-granola option.”

Established in 2008, Udi’s Gluten Free Foods has become a trusted brand for people seeking delicious, certified gluten-free baked goods. The company’s reputation for nutritious and flavorful handcrafted granola makes it an ideal partner for Alpina Foods.

“We’re excited to partner with a company that’s just as committed to providing consumers with quality foods as we are,” says Denise Sirovatka, VP of Marketing. “Our partnership with Alpina Foods is the first of its kind for us, and we look forward to seeing the success of this new relationship.” 

Each unique granola blend was created by a health and wellness chef to be paired with the different flavor varieties of Alpina Greek with Artisan Granolas. Udi’s will prepare the proprietary mix-ins at their certified-gluten free facility.

Alpina Greek with Artisan Granolas will be available on store shelves in early August.   Flavors will include: Blueberry with Almond Berry granola, Strawberry with Almond Berry granola, Vanilla Bean with Chai Spice granola, Honey with Chai Spice granola, Mango with Tropical Chia granola, Peach with Tropical Chia granola, and Plain with Superfoods granola.

Alpina brand yogurts are currently available in a wide variety of retailers throughout the U.S., including Wegmans Food Markets; Duane Reade; Delhaize Group store Hannaford; Sweetbay; other national and regional food retailers. Alpina yogurts are distributed by Lipari Foods in the Midwest and Dora’s Naturals in New York. For a full list of retailers, visit www.alpina.com.

Friday, July 12, 2013 at 10:46 am

Nine months after opening yogurt plant, Alpina buying 10 more acres in agri-business park

Press release:

Alpina Foods has confirmed its intent to purchase 10 acres of land adjacent its brand-new plant in the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park. The acquisition doubles the company’s footprint, and comes only nine months after the grand opening of its 40,000-square-foot, $20-million facility that specializes in Greek yogurt production.

Alpina selected the site to build its first-ever North American manufacturing facility in 2011, after researching locations throughout the country. Company leaders felt the highly skilled Western New York workforce, thriving local dairy industry, and convenient access to major U.S. markets made Batavia an optimal location. The site is Alpina’s 10th global manufacturing facility, following locations in Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela.

“This purchase reinforces our commitment to Batavia,” said Gustavo Badino, general manager of Alpina Foods. “We intend to expand here, and maintain this operation as our primary U.S. manufacturing location.”

The company already employs 55 at the plant, exceeding the goal of 50 the company committed to hiring by 2014, and expects to bring in additional team members in the coming months as production continues to increase.

Alpina will lay out its plans for the land over the next 24 months. Company leaders have worked closely with the Genesee County Economic Development Center, as well as the State’s Excelsior Jobs Program and numerous other state and regional economic development organizations in establishing – and expanding – its presence in New York State.

Alpina Foods is committed to its presence in Batavia, and works with many community organizations to make a positive impact on the region. Through the company’s philosophy of “collective prosperity,” Alpina strives to deliver success beyond its business dealings and constantly improve the community in which it operates.

“We are committed to our success in Batavia and the U.S.,” Badino said. “It is our corporate practice to grow with our surroundings, hand-in-hand with our neighbors.”

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 9:20 am

Wegman's to start selling Alpina yogurt

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Alpina Products, business

Press Release:

Artisan dairy manufacturer Alpina Foods has announced its Alpina Revive Greek yogurts are now available at another major regional supermarket retailer. Wegmans Food Markets, one of the largest private companies in the U.S., has been recognized as an industry leader and innovator, with stores across New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, which has been on FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list every year since its inception in 1998, has begun selling Alpina Revive Greek Yogurts at all their locations.

“We’re excited to continue to expand the availability of our products with retailers like Wegmans, who truly appreciate providing the best to their customers,” said Alpina Foods’ General Manager, Gustavo Badino. “The recent opening of our latest yogurt facility in Upstate New York has enabled us to greatly expand the availability of our yogurt and we’re thrilled to share our locally produced products with the region that has nurtured and supported our growth.”

Alpina Revive is an authentically strained, all-natural, and nonfat Greek yogurt that packs an impressive 14 grams of protein in every cup. It contains simple, natural ingredients such as milk and active yogurt cultures, is low in sugar and carbohydrates, and contains no artificial ingredients, sweeteners or flavors.

Each variety of Alpina Revive Greek yogurt is paired with a one-of-a-kind blend of gluten-free artisan granolas, crafted by a health & wellness chef to give consumers essential nutritional value for on-the-go lifestyles.  The four unique granola blends are prepared by Udi’s, the leading gluten-free baked goods company.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Alpina Foods’ U.S. Manufacturing Facility Receives OU Kosher Certification

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Alpina Products, business

Press Release

BATAVIA, N.Y. – Artisan dairy manufacturer Alpina Foods’ newest yogurt plant in Upstate, N.Y., has earned OU Kosher certification and has officially begun kosher manufacturing of Alpina Revive Greek yogurts and Alpina Bon Yurt traditional-style yogurts at the facility.

The OU rigorously monitors of all aspects of production. It supervises the process by which the food is prepared, examines the ingredients used to make the food, and regularly inspects the processing facilities to make sure that its standards are met.

“Our goal at Alpina is to produce and share healthy, wholesome foods with the world,” said Juan Pablo Fernandez, Alpina Foods General Manager. “Having kosher certified products enables us to continue in that goal and share our delicious, good-for-you products with even more people throughout the U.S.”

Alpina Revive is an authentically strained, all-natural and non-fat Greek yogurt that packs an impressive 14 grams of protein in every cup. It contains simple, natural ingredients such as milk and active yogurt cultures, is low in sugar, and contains no artificial ingredients, sweeteners or flavors. Each variety of Alpina Revive Greek yogurt is paired with a one-of-a-kind blend of gluten-free artisan granolas, crafted by a health & wellness chef to give consumers essential nutritional value for on-the-go lifestyles.  The four unique granola blends are manufactured by Udi’s, the leading gluten-free baked goods company.  

Alpina Bon Yurt is a creamy, low-fat vanilla yogurt that’s packed with calcium and eight grams of protein. Each variety of Alpina Bon Yurt is topped with timeless cereal favorites such as; frosted flakes, cocoa rice, fruit rings and cookie bits.

Alpina Revive Greek yogurts and are now available in a wide variety of retailers including Delhaize Group stores Hannaford and Sweetbay; Tops Friendly Markets; Gristedes; Morton Williams; Duane Reade; and other national and regional food retailers.

Consumers may also find Alpina Bon Yurt yogurts at the following retailers; Food lion, Hannaford, and Sweetbay.  For a complete list of retailers for all Alpina products, please visit please visit www.alpina.com.

Monday, September 24, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Alpina officially opens new yogurt plant in Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park

Big event in Batavia today that I wish I could have attended and covered -- the grand opening of the Alpina yogurt plant. We did assign a photographer and should have more coverage later, but meanwhile, here's the official photo and press release from Alpina:

Alpina Foods today celebrated the official Grand Opening of its first North American manufacturing facility, the latest yogurt plant to open in Upstate New York. Though the 67-year-old company has sold its broad line of dairy products in American markets for several years, the Batavia, N.Y. facility is its first plant in the U.S.     

Joined by U.S. Congresswoman Kathleen Hochul, New York State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, and Empire State Development President and CEO Kenneth Adams, top officials from Alpina Foods and its Colombian parent company, Alpina, marked the occasion with a ceremonial ribbon cutting.

“This is a momentous day for Alpina,” said Julian Jaramillo, Alpina’s CEO. “We would like to recognize the many people and organizations across the state that have helped make this moment a reality. We are excited to get started and continue to grow along with our employees, the region, and the yogurt industry in New York.”

The Alpina Foods plant already employs 30 new employees, and expects to hire at least 20 additional team members in the coming months. This is in addition to the 20 employees located in Alpina Foods’ Miami offices and in regional positions elsewhere in the U.S.

Over the past year, with the help of co-packing partners, the company has launched several new products for U.S. consumers: Alpina Revive Greek yogurt, Alpina Restart traditional yogurt, Alpina Renew oat smoothie, Bon Yurt by Alpina low-fat vanilla yogurts, and Juan Valdez Café Latte by Alpina.

“Today’s opening of Alpina Foods marks an exciting new phase of economic development in Genesee County and Western New York,” said Rep. Hochul. “With the initial creation of up to 50 jobs, Alpina will significantly contribute to the economic vitality of the region. I look forward to working with Alpina, the Genesee County Economic Development Center, and local farms as we work to strengthen Western New York’s economy.”

"The State Legislature, working with Governor Cuomo, has made tremendous strides in improving New York State's business climate,” said Senator Ranzenhofer. “Especially during the last two budget cycles, the decision to cut spending and lower taxes has signaled to many companies that New York is the right place to do business, and for many yogurt companies, such as Alpina, it has positioned Genesee County and Batavia as the 'Yogurt Capital' of the world. I applaud Alpina for opening its first U.S. facility in the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park."

Drawn by access to the thriving agriculture and dairy industry of Upstate New York, along with a ready labor market, Alpina chose Batavia for its 10th global manufacturing facility, following locations in Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela. The company worked closely with the State’s Excelsior Jobs Program and numerous state and regional economic development organizations on the location of the 10-acre site, and was further attracted to the region after its work with nearby Cornell University and Rochester Institute of Technology.

“Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, the production of Greek yogurt has become a critical job creator and driver of economic activity in New York State,” said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams.  “A number of major yogurt manufacturers have taken advantage of this region’s existing infrastructure, including the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park, which is available for dairy processing, as well as its skilled workforce, proximity to milk supply and ability to reach target markets. We welcome Alpina Foods to the U.S. and are so proud that they have chosen to locate its first specialty yogurt plant in the U.S. right here in Genesee County.”

All Upstate New York residents are likely to appreciate Alpina Foods’ new location. The company is well known for its commitment to the communities in which it operates. With a philosophy that leadership refers to as “collective prosperity,” Alpina Foods wants to transfer success beyond the company, and positively impact the surrounding community, including their employees, business partners, the environment, and others in the region.

“We are committed to our success in Batavia and the U.S.,” said Alpina CEO Julian Jaramillo. “It is our corporate practice to grow with our surroundings, hand-in-hand with our neighbors.”

Photo, from left: Juan Pablo Fernandez, GM, Alpina Foods; Julian Jaramillo, CEO, Alpina; Roger Parkhurst, Director of Operations, Alpina Foods; Congresswoman Kathy Hochul; state Senator Michael Ranzenhofer; Kenneth Adams, President & CEO, Empire State Development.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Photos: Silo raising at Alpina plant

Workers today are installing the first two silos at the new Alpina Products plant in the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park, Batavia.

The first silo is 40 feet tall and will hold up to 20,000 gallons of raw milk. The second silo is half the height and will hold 12,000 gallons of whey.

More silos can be added as the capacity of the Greek yogurt plant increases.

More pictures after the jump (click on the headline to continue):

Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Gillibrand tours Alpina, says she's excited by signs of local economic growth

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand spent some time in Western New York on Tuesday, including at least two stops in Batavia.

Gillibrand met with area Democratic leaders for lunch at Larry's Steakhouse and then toured the Alpina Products factory under construction at the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park.

The facility, which will produce Greek yogurt and other dairy products, is nearing completion and should open in late August or September.

Gillibrand said seeing what is happening at the ag park -- which includes construction of a dairy production facility across the road from Alpina by PepsiCo and the Theo Muller Group -- is "really exciting."

"It's such an opportunity for agricultural growth in this region," Gillibrand said. "Not only is Greek yogurt production one of the fastest growing products in New York, but nationwide, and it's so well located with all of our dairies that are so close by. It makes business sense. Not only do we have a great workforce, but we have a great product, so it's going to be exciting to create these jobs, to have this industry grow in Western New York."

While there's been conflicting reports on whether New York dairies can produce enough milk to meet the demands of the new and existing Greek yogurt factories in the state, Gillibrand said she believes the dairies can meet the demand.

She said she has also introduced legislation to help New York's small dairies increase production without driving up their insurance costs.

Currently, if a small dairy wants to add a significant number of milk-producing cows, they're going to hit a cap on production imposed by insurance rules.

Gillibrand's legislation would remove the cap.

"That might give the ability of a small dairy to go up to 300 or 400 cows to meet the needs of their customers," Gillibrand said. "That would make a big difference for these projects."

Yogurt producers, Gillibrand said, don't want the expense of trucking in milk from other states to keep their production lines going and her legislation would keep the local milk flowing, she said, adding that there would be no regulatory burdens for small dairies to grow to meet local demand.

Steve Hyde, CEO of Genesee County Economic Development Center, also introduced Gillibrand to the STAMP project -- the 1,300 acre high-tech/nano-tech park that has been in planning for five years.

The senator took quite an interest in the project. She noted that with New York's previous success in Luther Forest -- the nano-tech corridor developing between Buffalo and Albany -- the surrounding technology-oriented university system, and the investment already made in the project, STAMP has a good chance to attract major manufacturers.

It was a validation of how the community and region came together on the ag park to have Gillibrand in Batavia on Tuesday to tour the Alpina facility.

"It’s really kind of heartwarming because this ag park was really nine-and-a-half years in the making," Hyde said. "Once we found a way to get it all done, get it funded, get it built, having two very significant manufacturing projects land in our back yard – like we talked about today, talk about the multiplier effect, Alpina’s working with OA-T-KA, and Stueben Food and a company in Rochester on packaging -- it’s just really really awesome."

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Tops to start carrying Alpina yogurt

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Alpina Products, business

Press release:

Artisan dairy manufacturer Alpina Foods has announced its yogurts will be available at Tops Friendly Markets, a leading grocery retailer in Upstate New York State and Northern Pennsylvania. The supermarket chain will carry Alpina Revive Greek Yogurt and Bon Yurt by Alpina at all Tops Friendly Market locations starting this month.

“We are excited to see our products on the shelves at Tops Friendly Markets,” said Alpina Foods General Manager Carlos Ramirez. “This relationship allows us to expand the availability of our yogurt as the demand for quality dairy products increases and the construction of our Batavia, New York dairy manufacturing plant nears completion.”

“Tops is proud to be the first grocery retailer in the area to carry Alpina Foods’ yogurts,” said Cathy Shifflett, Tops VP Center Store Sales and Marketing. “At Tops Friendly Markets, we’re committed to partnering with local brands such as Alpina Foods to bring quality products into communities throughout New York and Pennsylvania.”

Alpina Revive is an authentically strained, all-natural and non-fat Greek yogurt that packs an impressive 15 grams of protein in every cup. It contains simple ingredients such as milk and active yogurt cultures, is low in sugar and carbohydrates, and contains no artificial ingredients, sweeteners or flavors. Alpina Revive is paired with one-of-a-kind, chef-crafted granolas in four blends: antioxidant, superfoods, tropical, and Chai spices. 

Designed for the kid in all of us, Bon Yurt by Alpina is a creamy, traditional-style yogurt rich in protein and calcium but with a bit of fun in the mix. Paired with timeless cereal favorites like frosted flakes, cocoa rice, fruit rings and cookie bits, makes Bon Yurt by Alpina sure to please both parents and kids.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 12:41 am

Photos: Alpina executives tour plant construction site

Top executives from Alpina Products were in Batavia on Monday touring the site of their future Greek yogurt plant in the Genesee Agri-Business Park, and they heard from Jim Billington, project manager, that construction is right on schedule.

A mild winter has certainly helped, Billington said.

"We've been pouring concrete every day, and according to some of the locals, that's quite unusual," Billington said. "We've been trying to take advantage of that."

CEO Julian Jaramillo (top photo, left) was all smiles during the tour and nodded enthusiastically when Managing Director Carlos Ramirez (top photo, right) said they consider it a good sign that Project Wave is under construction (The Batavian has previously reported Project Wave appears to be the work of PepsiCo).

"It says we made a good decision in coming here," Ramirez said.

He added that with the milk supply, the transportation, the labor pool and now the chance to be in a location with a complimentary business will only benefit Alpina and could lead other yogurt makers to come to the same conclusion.

"I think developing a yogurt cluster is a really good idea – the Silicon Valley of yogurt," Ramirez said.

With Jaramillo and Ramierz was Alpina' Colombia General Manager Ivan Lopez, who was seeing the location for the first time.

"It’s going to be great," Lopez said. "We have a huge operation in Colombia and when I see this, we can see the future in United States. I think we can do good things here, just like in Colombia."

The 40,000-square-foot plant should open in early spring and initially employ 50 people, with the first shipment of product going out in June.

Ramirez said Alpina remains excited about the opportunity to sell Greek yogurt in the United States.

"It’s one of the few categories where America is an emerging marketing," Ramirez said. "It's grown like crazy over the past three or four years and we think there is still room to grow."

For previous Alpina coverage, click here.

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