Packaged foods company Danone North America is planning to invest up to $65 million over the next two years to build and expand a bottle production line for coffee creamers and cold brew in Florida.
A subsidiary of the French dairy and food production giant Danone, Danone North America said the new plant will help the company capitalize on consumer demand for dairy creamers, plant-based creamers and ready-to-drink (RTD) coffee.
Danone is the owner of the Stōk cold brew brand, whose core products include 48-ounce plastic bottles of cold brews, some with flavor additives, as well as single-serving cold “caffeine shots.” Outside of coffee, Danone also owns North American brands Dannon, Silk, Oikos and Activia, among others.
The new bottling plant is coming to the Jacksonville area, according to Danone North America, a certified B Corp based in Colorado and New York.
“We are thrilled to be investing in the people and economy of Jacksonville, creating 40 new jobs in addition to supporting our approximately 110 existing employees, all with competitive wages and benefits,” Danone North America COO Mike Sloboda said in a press release announcing the $65 million plan. “This investment will allow us to better serve our customers and operate our business in an even more efficient and sustainable way.”
The North American investment comes as parent company Danone is being sued in France by three environmental groups. The groups have alleged that the company is not meeting corporate sustainability requirements under a 2017 French due-diligence law. Danone produced approximately 750,000 metric tons of plastic packaging in 2021, according to its annual corporate report.
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