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Danone North America's brands include Silk, So Delicious, International Delight and others.

Danone North America adding jobs in Northwest Jacksonville

Published on February 22, 2023 at 2:30 pm

Danone North America says it will invest up to $65 million over two years to expand its plant in northwest Jacksonville, a move that will add 40 employees to its 110-person workforce.

Group Deputy CEO Shane Grant said the investment will allow the food and beverage company to capitalize on consumer demand for its coffee creamers and ready-to-drink coffees.

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Danone’s brands include Silk, So Delicious, International Delight and SToK as well as Activa, Dannon, Dannon Light + Fit, Two Good and others. The company is based in Broomfield, Colorado, and White Plaints, New York, and operates a plant at 2198 W. Beaver St. in Jacksonville.

The Jacksonville investment will add a new bottle production line and support the company’s goal of reducing overall water consumption and decreasing carbon emissions, the company said.

The Jacksonville City Council approved a $3.6 million property tax and grant incentives package for Dannone’s expansion on Dec. 13, the Jacksonville Daily Record reported. The project at the time was code-named Project Cashew.

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The incentives are tied to the company’s commitment to retain 110 jobs and add 40 at an annual average wage of $50,000, according to a project summary.

The summary says “Cashew” will invest $55 million building out its existing facility and installing new equipment plus $10 million in utility upgrades, the Daily Record said.

Information from the Jacksonville Daily Record was used in this report.


author image Reporter, WJCT News 89.9 Dan Scanlan is a veteran journalist with almost 40 years of experience in radio, television, and print reporting. He has worked at various stations in the Northeast and Jacksonville. Prior to joining the WJCT News team, Dan spent 34 years at The Florida Times-Union as a police and current affairs reporter.
author image Reporter, WJCT News 89.9 Dan Scanlan is a veteran journalist with almost 40 years of experience in radio, television, and print reporting. He has worked at various stations in the Northeast and Jacksonville. Prior to joining the WJCT News team, Dan spent 34 years at The Florida Times-Union as a police and current affairs reporter.

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