Through its subsidiary Tortilla King, Flagship Food Group has acquired 18 acres of land adjacent to its manufacturing site in Kansas, on top of its board approving a multi-phase expansion of manufacturing capabilities at the site.
Phase one of the expansion is under construction and will increase the company’s tortilla manufacturing capacity by 25%. Future phases are expected to increase its manufacturing capacity for tortilla chips, snacks and frozen foods.
Flagship’s brands Mama Lupe’s, La Tortilla Factory, Lilly B’s and Hatch Kitchen are all expected to benefit both from the investment and increased capacity.
“Flagship acquired our business last year with plans to expand on our site,” said Juan Guardiola, President of Tortilla King. “It didn’t take long for our collective team to decide that our centralised location, great people, and ample space for growth made the business case to expand our operation.”
Tortilla King currently employs 130 people and runs five food manufacturing lines. The expansion plan will result in doubling employment count and capacity.
“Over the past couple of years Flagship has made several plant and manufacturing investments to support our brands and our customers,” explained Forrest Kragten, Principal at CREO Capital Partners. “Service levels and reliability have set us apart, and we look forward to utilising this facility expansion to better serve our customers.”
As part of inward investments approved by the Flagship board, expansions are planned for its manufacturing sites in California and New Mexico.
“As we build one of the leading premium CPG food companies focused on the Hispanic sector, we’re actively investing our capital to grow our facilities. We expect to significantly increase our employment numbers in Kansas and across our other sites,” concluded Rob Holland, Executive Chairman of Flagship Food Group.
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