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 2012, Invest Buffalo Niagara (InBN) met the company while attending a food processing show in Toronto. NFS had some US sales and orders but needed to set up an US based facility to grow those opportunities.
InBN dove into discussing and detailing the cross border due diligence items needed to expand their business in the US, and assist with completing a full real estate search. We discussed and provided direction on workforce and incentive programs and contacts. We also made introductions to the USDA for approval requirements for the building operations and future inspections. The company has purchased a 51,500 sq. ft. building in Lyndonville, NY and after renovations and equipment installation, they plan to create 30 new jobs over the next three to five years.