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Schwan’s Cuts Ribbon on Kansas Frozen Pizza Plant Expansion

May 22, 2023
Adding 400,000 square feet to the plant will allow for production of more the 100 million pizzas.

Schwan’s Co. announced the completion of a 400,000-square-foot expansion of its pizza manufacturing facility in Salina, Kansas, in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday. The company said the new capacity is expected to support growth in global retail and foodservice channels, according to news reports.

Schwan’s was acquired in 2018 by South Korea food company CJ CheilJedang — and today, international sales recorded by Schwan’s account for more than 60 percent of the South Korean company’s global sales.

Schwan’s announced the Salina expansion in 2020, and it adds approximately 225 jobs and will allow the plant to produce 100 million pizzas a year.

Schwan’s has had a pizza production facility in Salina for more than 50 years. Since 1970, when Schwan’s acquired the Tony’s brand and the Salina plant, it has gone through more than 80 expansions and additions, taking it from just 18,000 square feet to nearly 1 million square feet today. Furthermore, Schwan’s announced in November its intention to more than double the size of the distribution center in Salina to accommodate more growth.

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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