Multinational company Frulact, who set up shop in Kingston with their fruit processing and preparation production factory in 2017, continues to grow.
On Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, Frulact Canada brought its employees, local partners and representatives, and members of the community together to celebrate the expansion of the facility here in Kingston. In the company’s gardens – and while “respecting COVID-19 safety measures” – the event saw company employees and community members joined by local dignitaries, such as Deputy Mayor Wayne Hill, “as a means of acknowledging the importance of Kingston community on Frulact’s strategic goals achievement,” Kingston Economic Development Corporation (Kingston EcDev) said in a press release the same day.
According to EcDev, the expansion of Frulact represents a $22.5 million investment, bringing the company’s total investment in Kingston up to $50 million. The expansion also resulted in new employment opportunities here in Kingston when it was announced in July of 2021.
“We see Frulact as a fruit tree that needs strong roots and space to fully bloom. Our team provides us this stable ground and the community of Kingston [provides] extensive possibilities for the growth of our activities and knowledge. This expansion is a success due to their commitment and quality of service delivered to our clients,” Frulact COO Rogério Silva said in a statement.
Those gathered on Friday were able to tour around the Frulact plant and learn more about the expansion project, followed by lunch. For those with EcDev and the City of Kingston, as well as those with the company, the event was a time of celebration.
“It’s been rewarding to watch Frulact establish a presence in Kingston and continue to grow and increase their workforce. This expansion marks a significant milestone for the Frulact Group and we will continue to support their success,” said Kingston EcDev CEO, Donna Gillespie.
According to EcDev, since the company began work here, Frulact Canada “has been expanding its physical and human structures as driving forces of its strategic vision for North America, where the group intends to expand its presence and, at the same time, take another step towards the ambition of becoming a global leader in natural ingredients solutions.” The company recently expanded to north and central Europe by acquiring International Flavours and Fragrances Group’s fruit preparation business, making it the third-largest company internationally in its business segment.
“Frulact’s growth in Kingston and even throughout the world happens in a challenging time triggered by Covid-19 pandemic, showing a full commitment of internal and external people to Frulact towards its expansion plan and entrepreneurial vision,” EcDev said.
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