LAKEVILLE-MIDDLEBORO, Mass. — Ocean Spray Cranberries, an agricultural cooperative and producer of cranberry products, on Tuesday celebrated the grand opening of its newest beverage facility in the Upper Macungie Township of Pennsylvania. The plant is the company's first in the state and will handle about 40% of the cooperative's North American volume once it's fully operational later this year.
“The Grower-Owners of Ocean Spray Cranberries have made a major investment here in Pennsylvania, and today’s celebration is the result of a lot of hard work by our employees and partners on this project,” said Randy Papadellis, president and CEO of Ocean Spray. “As a cooperative founded on the work ethic and values of its many Grower-Owners, Ocean Spray is committed to bringing a neighborly culture everywhere we do business. We are pleased to be joining the Lehigh Valley community, and we look forward to being a part of the Pennsylvania economy for many decades to come.”
Ocean Spray broke ground on the 44-acre site in April 2012, and more than 1,000 workers put in countless hours to build the nearly 300,000 sq.-ft. plant. It will be responsible for generating 30 million cases of Ocean Spray juice beverages each year, which range from 100% cranberry juice to blends made with blueberry, grapefruit, pomegranate and other juices.
“This state-of-the-art facility truly does represent Ocean Spray’s commitment to the future,” said Erich Fritz, VP of engineering and new technologies for Ocean Spray, who has overseen the design and construction of the new beverage facility. “The Lehigh Valley facility is truly innovative with technology and systems designed to provide efficiency and major energy savings now and in the future.”