Once Again Nut Butter, an organic and natural nut butter manufacturer and nut ingredient supplier for 40 years, has announced the launch of its newly expanded peanut facility. On June 2, Once Again cut the ribbon on the facility in Nunda, NY. The employee-owned company located in the small rural community of Nunda (population of 800 people) in Upstate New York has a new, state-of-the-art, 37,000-square-foot manufacturing plant. The $13 million project will result in the creation of 15 new jobs and the retention of 67 employees, the majority of who work and live right in Nunda.
“Once Again Nut Butter is an industry-wide success story and a hometown fixture, one that is reaffirming its commitment to the entire region,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “This expansion strengthens Once Again’s position in the healthy foods marketplace and improves its operations in terms of capacity and consumer safety. We are proud to partner with a company of such quality and potential for the future.”
“Natural and organic foods continue to gain popularity with new emphasis on health and nutrition,” added Once Again Nut Butter General Manager Bob Gelser. “Once Again’s new peanut facility will create increased capacity and manufacturing efficiencies to meet this growing consumer demand for nut and seed butter products. Our expansion will allow for the separation of peanuts from the rem
ainder of our manufacturing processes. This will address any concerns from almond, cashew, sunflower, and tahini customers who require a peanut-free product.”
The Livingston County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) estimates the benefit to the state and region as a result of this project, through job creation and revenue on sales, income and property tax, is more than $4.6 million. The project represents the most economic growth in Nunda in at least 10 years.
“As one of the top food processing facilities in the Finger Lakes region and the fastest growing certified organic food company, Once Again Nut Butter’s newly expanded facility will allow it to meet its rapidly growing sales,” said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky. “The addition of new, permanent jobs in the small town of Nunda will also foster a significant economic impact felt throughout the county.”
“NYSERDA’s partnership with Empire State Development and the Livingston county Industrial Development Agency, ensures that the new manufacturing facility at Once Again Nut Butter will be able to reduce its energy use and costs,” said New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA): President & CEO John B. Rhodes. “The company is setting an excellent example for manufacturers across the State as it increases jobs and advances Governor Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision by reducing its energy consumption.”
For more information, visit www.onceagainnutbutter.com.