Frulact Group Opens First North American Facility In Kingston
Established in 1987, the Portuguese food processor Frulact Group selected Kingston, Ontario as the home for their first North American plant as well as research and development facility. Frulact also has operations in Africa and Europe and is known globally for their fruit based preparations for the food and beverage industry. Frulact is ranked among the world’s top five companies in its sector and has a global presence across three continents, with eight factories in five countries.
Frulact’s CEO João Miranda expressed the company’s excitement to have selected Kingston as the home of their first Canadian facility, “We are very pleased to announce that we have chosen the city of Kingston, Ontario to receive our new international production plant of fruit preparations, which will serve as a platform to the Northeast American market. The capacity to attract foreign investment shown by the City of Kingston and Kingston EcDev played a crucial role in our decision to go to Ontario, allowing us to accelerate our growth and recognition as a global company.”
Donna Gillespie, CEO of Kingston Economic Development Corporation proudly stated that this is an exciting new opportunity for Kingston, “This is a significant agri-business investment not only for Kingston but for Ontario and Canada. Kingston EcDev worked to ensure Kingston was chosen as the preferred base for Frulact’s expansion into Canada. Our role involved promoting Kingston’s competitive advantages to ensure the city was shortlisted among other communities being considered, assisting with site selection and land acquisition, making introductions in the community for research, training and supply chain development. We look forward to supporting Frulact Canada throughout their building process and during recruitment of new employees for the facility. This is a great win for Kingston.”
The company acquired 15 acres of prime development land in the Cataraqui Business Park and in May 2017 the 55,000 square foot facility opened and began manufacturing. In early 2018, Frulact announced a 30,000 square foot expansion creating an additional 75 jobs by 2019.
Former Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Jeff Leal noted that food and beverage processing plays a key role in helping grow Ontario’s economy, “This new operation will help Ontario’s agri-food industry continue to grow and contribute to the Premier’s Agri-Food Growth Challenge of creating 120,000 new jobs by 2020. We welcome Frulact Canada to the Kingston community and look forward to their role in Ontario’s food and beverage processing sector.”