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CJ Foods to build frozen food plant in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS — CJ Foods USA announced Monday that it has plans to build a new frozen food plant in Sioux Falls.

The Asian-style foods produced at the facility will be sold and distributed by CJ Foods and Schwan’s Company, company spokespeople said.

The 700,000 square-foot plant is an investment representing several hundred million dollars over the course of construction. It is expected to bring more than 600 new full-time jobs to Sioux Falls by 2025. A groundbreaking event is planned in Sioux Falls this spring.

“Adding this world-class Asian food plant in South Dakota will help us lead the fast-growing Asian food category in North America and achieve our long-term growth plans,” said Dimitrios Smyrnios, executive chairman of CJCJ Food Americas and Schwan’s Company CEO.

The project will expand CJ Foods’ production facilities in the U.S. At the same time, Schwan’s operations will continue in Marshall. Company spokespeople said Monday that Schwan’s will continue to maintain its headquarters in Minnesota, including operations in Marshall and Bloomington.

The new Sioux Falls facility will produce a broad range of Asian-style meals, sides, snacks and appetizers. The plant will help expand CJ Foods’ Asian food production capabilities in North America. CJ Foods currently operates five Asian-style food plants in California, Ohio, New York and New Jersey. Schwan’s Company operates two Asian-style food plants in Texas.

“The growth and popularity of Asian cuisine is something we expect to continue unabated over the coming years, especially as consumers have the opportunity to increasingly experience high-quality, authentic global foods when dining out or preparing meals at home,” said Smyrnios.“We are excited to work with our retail and food-service customers to expand the Asian food category and create great consumer experiences.”

CJ Foods and Schwan’s Company worked with South Dakota state and local public agencies.

“South Dakota is open for business, and we’re excited for this tremendous investment in our state,” South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem said in a Monday press release. “The Sioux Falls community will benefit greatly from the new full-time jobs that this facility will provide. I want to thank Dimitrios and everyone at CJ Foods and Schwan’s who worked with us to make this happen.”

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