Top Seedz

Top Seedz Moves Into New Buffalo, N.Y., Plant

May 15, 2024
It’s a highly automated production plant, largely staffed by women refugees.

Top Seedz, a Buffalo, N.Y., maker of seed-heavy crackers, opened a new production facility in Buffalo. Although they didn’t provide square footage or dollar value, they said it’s “10 times the capacity of its previous operation.”

The company called it “a highly automated production plant … largely staffed by women refugees” – part of the company’s mission as a woman-owned business. Rebecca Brady, originally from New Zealand, is founder and CEO.

Her first employee was a woman refugee from Bhutan, and she now has women from more than 20 countries — many of them also former refugees — among her workforce of 42. Working with local agencies, Top Seedz provides skills training and even English-language training when needed.

The new facility will help the seven-year-old firm keep up with its growing national distribution, which it says has tripled in the past six months. The cracker maker now has five product lines, including new snack size pouches, which will be available in 0.75 oz and 1.5 oz sizes.

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Dave Fusaro | Editor in Chief

Dave Fusaro has served as editor in chief of Food Processing magazine since 2003. Dave has 30 years experience in food & beverage industry journalism and has won several national ASBPE writing awards for his Food Processing stories. Dave has been interviewed on CNN, quoted in national newspapers and he authored a 200-page market research report on the milk industry. Formerly an award-winning newspaper reporter who specialized in business writing, he holds a BA in journalism from Marquette University. Prior to joining Food Processing, Dave was Editor-In-Chief of Dairy Foods and was Managing Editor of Prepared Foods.

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