Muller Quaker Dairy, a joint venture between PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE: PEP) and Theo Muller Group, announced Monday the opening of its new yogurt manufacturing facility in Batavia, New York.
The new facility, which will employ approximately 180 people, will serve as a national production and distribution center for Muller yogurt, which launched in select regional markets in 2012.
The facility opening was celebrated by United States Senator Charles E. Schumer, PepsiCo chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi, Theo Muller Group owner Theo Muller, and various New York state and local officials.
The more than 350,000 square foot facility will have three production lines initially, which can produce more than 120,000 cups of yogurt per hour.
The facility can accommodate up to eight production lines with room for future expansion. The company is targeting LEED certification for the facility, which would make it the largest LEED-certified dairy manufacturing plant in the world, according to Muller Quaker Dairy.
The facility sits on 82-acres of land in what has become one of the most concentrated milk producing and processing regions in the U.S.
Muller Quaker Dairy will source milk for the yogurt products locally. Products manufactured at the plant will include Muller Corner, Muller Greek Corner and Muller FrutUp varieties.