Conagra opens new state-of-the-art vegetable processing plant in US

An investment of approximately $300 million in the facility will modernise production capabilities

Conagra Brands, Inc., one of North America’s leading branded food companies, has announced the opening of its new state-of-the-art vegetable processing plant in Waseca, Minnesota. The new 245,000 square foot facility, which processes fresh vegetables to support Conagra’s frozen meals business and Birds Eye brand, was built from the ground up with a focus on maximizing automation to create greater efficiencies and enhancing food safety throughout.

The peas and corn processed at the new facility come from a network of nearby growers who use a variety of actions to help fight climate change, such as smart practices to save water, support biodiversity and improve soil health. Conagra has invested in technology in the fields to monitor the plants’ nutrient needs using real-time data. This allows harvesting to sync with the facility’s production schedule, so that the vegetables are picked at peak ripeness and transported directly to the new Waseca facility where they are received, washed and frozen within a few hours.

The new facility replaces a 92-year-old facility in Waseca and will provide approximately 20% more capacity for processing vegetables. On an annual basis, the facility can process and produce 120 million pounds of cut and cob corn, 45 million pounds of peas, and more than 20 million pounds of rice. In addition, Conagra anticipates the new facility uses approximately 25% less water per pound of product produced than the company’s previous facility.

In fiscal year 2021, Conagra’s Birds Eye brand generated more than $1.5 billion in retail sales.

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