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Upstate Niagara Cooperative acquires Kraft-Heinz cheese plant

Kraft Heinz will invest about $3-5 million in order to update the plant

US politicians helped to get labour market to safety

Italian Sounding food keeps being succesful: Kraft doesn't give up cheeses pretending to be Italian, produced in the Campbell plant (State of New York), thanks to a co-packing agreement with a local farmer cooperative.   

The dairy farmer cooperative Upstate Niagara – located in Buffalo (New York) – signed an agreement with Kraft-Heinz Company – the American food company, present in 29 countries as Italy, where it is famous for the brand Plasmon – in order to buy and save the struggling Campbell plant. The agreement could restart manufacturing and saving 150 jobs.  

The company declares that the Campbell plant "produces mozzarella chees and other Italian cheeses". Obviously these products really have nothing Italian.   

Thanks to some US politicians – Governor Cuomo and Senator Schumer – 330 workers have not been laid off. In particular, Upstate Niagara pledged to keep at least 150 workers and, if it decided to expand the Campbell plant or, otherwise, to move in the Kraft-Heinz facility in Avon town, even other employees could keep working.  

Michael Mullen – senior vice president of Corporate & Government Affairs at the Kraft-Heinz – was pleased to report the signature of the agreement with Upstate Niagara. For its part, Larry Webster – CEO of Upstate Niagara – outlined that the agreement would encourage the cooperative’s growth.

Kraft Heinz will invest about $3-5 million in order to update the plant. The agreement will be concluded within 30-60 days. 




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