Canadian Manufacturing

Portuguese food supplier picks Kingston, Ont. for R&D centre

Frulact Group is a global supplier of fruit-based preparations for the dairy and beverage sectors

KINGSTON, Ont.—Portuguese food processor Frulact Group have selected Kingston, Ont. for a new North American plant and research and development facility.

Frulact Group is a global supplier of fruit-based preparations for application in the dairy, ice-cream, beverages, and industrial pastry markets. This the company’s first facility in Canada.

The approximately 75,000-square-foot fruit preparation and processing plant is slated to break ground later this year and open in early fall 2016. The company also has an option for an additional 15 acre parcel adjacent to their purchased lot for potential future expansion.

Approximately 50 employees will be hired when the facility opens.

“The capacity to attract foreign investment shown by the City of Kingston and the Kingston Economic Development Corp. played a crucial role in our decision to go to Ontario, allowing us to accelerate our growth and recognition as a global company,” said Joao Miranda, Frulact’s CEO.

Frulact operates seven industrial sites in France, Morocco, South Africa, Portugal and a R&D and Innovation Center in Maia. Frulact Group has about 600 employees and posted CAN$155 million in revenues for 2014.

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