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No Meat Factory Purchases Former Frozen Veggie Plant in NW Washington

April 6, 2023
Facility is the Canadian plant-based protein-processor’s second overall and first in the United States.

British Columbia, Canada-based plant-based meat alternatives processor No Meat Factory has purchased a former Twin City Foods frozen vegetable processing plant in Stanwood, Wash., for $19.4 million in February, according to news reports.

No Meat Factory was founded in 2019 and the Stanwood plant will be its first U.S. facility — its original production facility is in Coldwater, British Columbia.

No Meat Factory’s restart of the facility is expected to create 150 jobs by 2024, and after the company’s investment of up to $20 million in renovations and improvements, it is expected to produce veggie burgers and nuggets, a veggie-based ground beef substitute, seafood alternatives and extruded products, such as sausages and wieners, according to a release from the Washington State Department of Commerce.

The local news report states that Twin City Foods closed the nearly 200,000-square-foot Stanwood facility in 2018, moving operations to central Washington to save on transportation costs. Twin City Foods continued to use the facility for storage, and a cold storage operator began leasing space at the plant in 2020 as well.

About the Author

Andy Hanacek | Senior Editor

Andy Hanacek has covered meat, poultry, bakery and snack foods as a B2B editor for nearly 20 years, and has toured hundreds of processing plants and food companies, sharing stories of innovation and technological advancement throughout the food supply chain. In 2018, he won a Folio:Eddie Award for his unique "From the Editor's Desk" video blogs, and he has brought home additional awards from Folio and ASBPE over the years. In addition, Hanacek led the Meat Industry Hall of Fame for several years and was vice president of communications for We R Food Safety, a food safety software and consulting company.

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