Seven large food-related business investments in southern Idaho are expected to generate 5,000 new direct and indirect jobs when they're all finished, a regional economic-development organization says.
The projects include recent and planned investments by food companies Chobani, Monsanto, Clif Bar and Frulact Group and expansions by Glanbia Foods, McCain Foods and Calva/Brewster.
Southern Idaho, blessed with agricultural diversity, is now becoming the countrys center for food production, food processing and food science, said Jan Rogers, executive director of the Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization.
Æ Chobani opened a $450 million yogurt-making plant, the worlds largest, in December 2012 in Twin Falls.
Æ Clif Bar & Co. said in October that it would open a $160 million plant in Twin Falls.
Æ McCain Foods said it will spend $100 million to expand a potato processing plant this year in Burley.
Æ Portuguese fruit processor Frulact Group plans a $30 million plant in Rupert. The plant will represent Idahos first foreign direct investment in manufacturing, Rogers said.
Æ Glanbia Foods opened a $15 million headquarters and Cheese Innovation Center last year in Twin Falls.
Æ Monsanto said it will open a $9.2 million Wheat Technology Center for research and development this year in Filer.
Æ The Calva/Brewster Partnership said last year that it will build a $9 million animal infant-formula plant in Rupert.
The Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization is a joint venture of public and private sectors to strengthen the economies of Twin Falls, Jerome, Kimberly, Filer, Gooding, Glenns Ferry, Burley, Rupert, Heyburn and Paul.