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France-Based Cérélia Will Grow Within Ohio’s Strong Food Industry

The European leader in the production of ready-made doughs and baked goods will invest more than $29 million in its expansion
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Company Name: Cérélia
Location: Whitehall
Industry Sector: Food and Agribusiness
Company Profile: Formed in 2012 by merging Alsacienne de Pâtes Ménagères (“APM,” founded in 1994) and Eurodough (former Sara Lee International Bakery division, created in 1974), Cérélia is a leading manufacturer of fresh, ready-to-bake dough solutions for pie and pizza, as well as ready-to-heat pancakes, crepes, cookies and cookie dough. Cérélia has become the leader in the European market.
Company Website: cerelia.com

Project Summary:

  • Type of Project: Expansion
  • Jobs: 
    • Jobs committed: 40
    • Jobs retained: 80
    • Types of jobs: Production, research and innovation, distribution and maintenance workers
  • Capital Investment: $29,200,000

Company Need:

Cérélia, a France-based European leader in the production of ready-made doughs and baked goods, sought an expansion opportunity in order to meet existing and future customer demand. The company considered the expansion potential in central Ohio and Toronto, Canada. 

Testimonial:

“The Columbus Region is an optimal location to strategically invest capital and successfully deliver on long-term revenue objectives. This new facility will allow us to expand our resources and ultimately increase our market share in the U.S. and Canada.” – Claude Le Bourg, chief operations officer, Cérélia 

Why Ohio?

Cérélia will build a new 150,000-square-foot production facility in Whitehall to meet existing and future customer demand.

The company’s $29 million investment will be used for the facility’s construction, machinery and equipment upgrades, additional production lines and employee training.

Ohio’s food and agribusiness industry boasts hundreds of companies that have a role in producing foods and drinks enjoyed by consumers around the world. The state ranks nationally as a top-five producer of bakery, dairy, snacks, spices and more. 

Collaborators:

One Columbus, the city of Whitehall and JobsOhio