U.S.-based ground-beef processor Jensen Meat announced Thursday that it has invested $9 million to expand its operations in southern California, increasing capacity and creating 50 new jobs. The newest developments demonstrate the company’s dedication to its local community as it continues unprecedented growth and maintains its promise to support sustainable, responsible production.
Jensen Meat said the expansion will position it to meet increased customer demand for high-quality beef products.
The fresh processing room, which has a capacity for an extra 10 million lb. per year, is already under construction and is expected to be completed in March, the company said. Additionally, two new individually quick-frozen lines will add 30 million lb. to the facility's capacity. The main plant operations will continue uninterrupted throughout the expansion.
“Our expansion will help us continue leading our industry while supporting our community,” Jensen Meat chief executive officer Abel Olivera said. “Our newly created jobs encourage economic growth and improve local quality of life. As a provider to our schools and businesses – as well as to our national consumers – we see our mission and vision perfectly complemented by this next step.”
Jensen Meat reported that it has experienced double-digit growth in recent years and that it has recently invested significantly in its operations and development, including the installation of solar-powered cells to decrease waste and reduce its energy footprint. It also expanded into the plant-based industry by securing co-packing relationships with various businesses.
“As we continue to grow, we look forward to involving our community even more,” Olivera said. “We are only as good as the people who work for us. We wouldn’t be here today without our dedicated team, and we believe our employees’ support will secure our bright future.”
Jensen Meat was founded in 1958 and currently employs 400 people.