Smucker To Build $1 Billion Uncrustables Plant in Alabama

Nov. 19, 2021
McCalla, Ala., will be third plant for this $500 million brand.

Uncrustables have been such a hit J.M. Smucker Co. is budgeting $1.1 billion to build a manufacturing facility and distribution center for them in McCalla, Ala.

Construction of the facility is expected to begin no later than January 2022, with production expected sometime in 2025. "The project demonstrates the company's commitment to meet increasing demand for this highly successful product and deliver on its strategy to focus on growth brands," the company said.

The new facility will be the third manufacturing plant dedicated to the Uncrustables brand. They were first made in Scottsville, Ky., and a plant in Longmont, Colo., was added in 2019 at a budgeted cost of $340 million. With this new facility and an expansion in Longmont, Smucker will more than double its current production capacity.

The frozen pocket sandwich started as a peanut butter and jelly snack but has been expanded to taco, chicken and pepperoni bites, as well as meat-based roll-ups. The brand now accounts for $500 million in annual net sales, demonstrating double-digit growth annually over the past decade, with Smucker expecting the brand to hit $1 billion over the next five years.

Local financial incentives are involved. The plant eventually should create 750 jobs.

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