Muller Quaker Dairy, a joint venture between PepsiCo Inc. and Theo Muller Group, has opened its new yogurt manufacturing facility in Batavia, N.Y. The new facility, which will employ approximately 180 people, will serve as a national production and distribution center for Muller yogurt, which launched in select regional markets in 2012.
“PepsiCo continues to perform at an extremely high level while simultaneously transforming our portfolio for the future and strengthening our position in high-growth food and beverage categories. We have invested over many years to expand our global nutrition offerings in ways that allow us to capitalize on new growth opportunities, and the new Muller Quaker Dairy facility demonstrates continued progress against this key business priority,” said Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo’s Chairman and CEO. “The Theo Muller Group is a tremendous partner whose deep dairy expertise has allowed our joint venture to enter the U.S. market with a delicious product that our consumers absolutely love.”
The 350,000+-sq-ft facility will have three production lines initially, which can produce more than 120,000 cups of yogurt per hour. The facility can accommodate up to eight production lines with room for future expansion. The company is targeting LEED certification for the facility, which would make it the largest LEED-certified dairy manufacturing plant in the world. The facility sits on 82-acres of land in what has become one of the most concentrated milk producing and processing regions in the country. Products manufactured at the plant will include Muller Corner, Muller Greek Corner, and Muller FrutUp varieties.
Formed in 2011, the Muller Quaker Dairy joint venture brings together the complementary strengths of two successful global companies.