A Canadian produce company says it will create 100 new jobs in College Park in Atlanta for its first American potato packing plant, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
EarthFresh announced last week that it plans to hire local workers to run the plant, Stephanie Cutaia, spokeswoman for the Ontario-based company, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday. She said when they open in September the plant will handle about 300,000 pounds of potatoes a day.
“It’s an opportunity for EarthFresh to service existing customers faster with fresher produce and hopefully drum up some new business,” Cutaia said.
The company currently provides potatoes for large stores and food service companies like Walmart and Sysco in Canada. When asked if this move south is to attract retailers like Publix and Kroger, Cutaia said: “That’s the hope.”
The company already works with farmers throughout the U.S. in order to ensure freshness all year. But they aren’t taking the tubulars from any farmers in Georgia at the moment. Cutai said they are looking to change that. She also said there are plans to partner with Atlanta Technical College to create a workforce pipeline.