Fall River, Mass – Blount Fine Foods, a leading marketer and maker of premium, prepared soups, entrées, and side dishes for retail and foodservice, and the market leader in fresh retail soups, today announced it has purchased a premium food manufacturing facility in Portland, Oregon. The facility, located at 17711 NE Riverside Parkway, and which had been the headquarters of Harry’s Fresh Foods, gives Blount an additional 80,000 square feet of production capacity for its lines of premium, restaurant-quality soups and side dishes.
The Portland facility expands Blount’s network of production facilities, which includes its headquarters in Fall River, Mass. as well as facilities in Warren, R.I. and McKinney, Tex. The company also announced it has entered into an agreement with a third-party logistics (3PL) partner that will provide expanded distribution and logistics across the United States. Blount has 3PL locations in Taunton, Mass., Fort Worth, Tex., and Atlanta, Ga. In 2020, the company will also name two more 3PL locations in Oregon and the Midwest.
“Market demand for all soups, but especially our premium soups, continues to increase, with flavors, sizes, and eating occasions creating more opportunity for our customers,” said Todd Blount, president and chief executive of Blount Fine Foods. “Adding this facility meaningfully rounds out our nationwide network of plants and distribution points and allows us to get the best ingredients to the ideal plant, and then ship the highest quality product on to the customer in the most efficient manner possible. In many ways, we hope this equates to an endless and uninterrupted supply of the world’s best soup.”
By the time Blount brings the new facility online in time for the next soup season, which begins in July, the company expects to invest more than $25 million to ensure it is truly state-of-the-art. The company will add all new processing equipment, including a cutting-edge “spiral hydro chiller” for quick-chilling soups to lock in freshness, as well as proprietary cooking kettles that are both large enough for production efficiencies yet small enough to allow soup to be made largely by hand in small batches.
“For several years, that facility has employed smart, capable, experienced and entrepreneurial soup and side dish makers, many of whom will come work with us,” added Blount. “We are excited about Portland and its ‘foodie’ culture, the access to quality talent, and the evolution of our nationwide network to meaningfully reduce the total miles our products travel on average.”
Blount expects to employ about 50 people when the facility first opens in the second half of
2020, including up to six who will relocate to Portland from other Blount facilities. One who will relocate is Blount veteran Douglas Gregoire, who has been named general manager of the new plant. By the time the new facility is fully operational, which is expected to be by 2021, Blount expects to employ up to 150 people there.
“With the purchase of this plant in Portland, we are adding redundancy, flexibility, diversity, breadth, and depth, all of which benefit our customers around the country, while also strengthening our leadership position in the industry,” concluded Blount.
Learn more at www.blountfinefoods.com.
About Blount Fine Foods
Opened in 1946, Blount Fine Foods is a fifth-generation family-owned and operated developer, manufacturer, and marketer of fresh prepared foods. The company produces hundreds of premium prepared foods for restaurants, institutions, retailers and club stores in all 50 states. Blount is the market leader in fresh soup at retail, both in chilled cups and hot-to-go, a position it continues to solidify since being the first to provide a national brand of refrigerated soup in exclusive partnership with Panera Bread to sell under the “Panera at Home” label. Panera at Home continues to be the top-selling brand of refrigerated soup in the country.
Blount is also the industry’s top provider of private label soup programs; making its broad portfolio of products available nationwide at all quality retailers. As the market leader, Blount uses its deep consumer, culinary and market knowledge to create productive programs for retailers, restaurant chains, and distributors of all sizes.
Blount’s products include restaurant-quality, single-serve grab-n-go fresh soups and entrées at retail, as well as entrées, side dishes, and a full line of mac & cheese for retail hot bars and restaurants. Many Blount products are also available with specialty certifications that include organic, gluten-free, and low sodium, among others.
Blount’s premium soups and specialty foods are made with the finest and freshest ingredients, locally sourced whenever possible, and handcrafted in small batches by a dedicated team through unparalleled customer collaboration.
The company operates production facilities at its Fall River, Massachusetts headquarters, as well as in Warren, Rhode Island and McKinney, Texas. Its award-winning production facilities showcase the company’s commitment to food quality and safety, energy conservation and sustainable business practices.
Blount also carries full lines of fresh soups and entrées sold to club stores and retailers nationwide under the Legal Sea Foods, Panera at Home, Blount’s Family Kitchen and Blount Clam Shack brands. Blount generates over 400 million servings of premium soups each year. For more information, visit www.BlountFineFoods.com.