Diversified Foods invests $12 million to expand Louisiana plant

January 4, 2019

Diversified Foods and Seasonings has announced it will invest $12 million to expand and upgrade the company’s food manufacturing facility near Madisonville, La. The St. Tammany Parish plant provides Diversified Foods’ corporate clients with a variety of prepared food products, including the red beans sold at Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurants.

The St. Tammany Parish plant is the largest of Diversified Foods’ three manufacturing facilities, with 93,000 square feet of space and 100 million pounds of production capacity. The company considered both the Louisiana plant and its smaller manufacturing facility in Nebraska City, Neb., for the expansion. Diversified Foods also operates a flour blending plant in Theodore, Ala., where custom-blended dry marinades, gravies, sauces, breading, and batters are produced.

“Diversified Foods is a homegrown Louisiana company and one of the largest manufacturers and employers within St. Tammany Parish,” said Peter Smith, Diversified Foods and Seasonings CEO. “Louisiana Economic Development’s support of this expansion project has made it possible for Diversified to increase its plant square footage in Madisonville by over 20% and provide 44 new jobs within the parish by next year. This is clearly a ‘win-win’ for both the state of Louisiana and Diversified Foods.”

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