Sierra Biological is an early-stage agri-business company that manufactures microscopic nematodes and other biological organisms used by the commercial greenhouse industry and other agricultural applications. Sierra’s products offer growers a highly effective and economical alternative to using pesticides in their growing process.
Niagara Food Specialties (NFS), incorporated in 2001, is a food processor, distributor and wholesaler, specializing in the production of prosciutto ham for the foodservice (restaurants & hotels) industry and gourmet retail markets. NFS adds value to raw pork, producing artisanal quality charcuterie, including prosciutto, capicola, pancetta, salami, guanciale, and sausage. This family operated business is currently headquartered in Niagara Falls, ON. NFS began to investigate US expansion when they faced with growth limitations due to border crossing restrictions and rules on imported meats to the US.
In November, members of Invest Buffalo Niagara’s team had the opportunity to tour the many aspects of Allegany County to visit firsthand the resources and assets it has to offer. Hosted by Allegany County’s Department of Planning and Development, we met with leaders from the county’s Chamber of Commerce, real estate owners and brokers and college officials.
When I talk about manufacturing in the Buffalo Niagara region, most people typically think of metal based products –especially when I tell them I’m working with a nut manufacturer. But Trophy Foods is not your average nut. Instead of hex nuts, flange nuts, and weld nuts, they value-add process almonds, pecans, cashews, peanuts, and more used for snacking and baking.
In January of 2014, I started to work with Trophy Foods Inc. as they considered a U.S. expansion. The company was outgrowing their Canadian facility and was considering locations in both New York and Michigan. BNE had the pleasure of working with Brian Paul, COO to provide the necessary data and guidance to ensure their expansion took place in Buffalo Niagara. The facility, named Redland Foods Corp., is now located in Cheektowaga, NY.
Redland Foods Inc. is one of the leading suppliers of high quality and innovative flavoured edible nuts, dried foods and confectionery products for both their name brand and many private labels. The facility has two roasting lines and a toffee line. They are equipped to handle an endless variety of packaging options in an array of sizes and formats. All products are either nitrogen flushed or thermal sealed for added freshness and food safety.
I recently visited Brian at the new U.S. facility to see firsthand the success they are experiencing nearly two years later. Redland Foods made major investments in the transformation of the facility and purchased critical processing and packaging equipment to meet their demand, as well as FDA regulations.
Close proximity to their Canadian headquarters, a strong workforce and the low cost of doing business in the Buffalo Niagara region has provided Redlands a successful start.
If you would like to enjoy Redland Foods product, stop by Aldi’s and try their sliced almonds!