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Fuji Food Products to open plant in Chicago

Fuji Food Products to open plant in Chicago
New 40,000-square-foot manufacturing plant set to open in December will specialize in fresh, organic and ready-to-eat meals.

Fuji Food Products Inc., a fresh food manufacturing division of Meruelo Group and the largest provider and distributor of prepackaged sushi in the United States, announced a new manufacturing facility in South Elgin, Illinois and its expansion in the Midwestern United States. Set to be fully operational in December 2014, the 40,000 square foot plant located on Schneider Drive will produce and specialize in fresh, refrigerated, and ready-to-eat meals serving the Midwest with national distribution capabilities.

"Growth and momentum at Fuji has been consistent and continues," said Joe Marchica, CEO of Fuji Food Products. "We've come a long way, beginning as a family business that produced only sushi to regional supermarkets in Southern California, to expanding our business expertise as a fresh food manufacturer serving major supermarket and club chains on a national level. This will be our third owned facility to provide national distribution of our fresh, healthy, organic single-serve and family-size ready-to-eat meals."

"For more than 20 years, Fuji has been providing USDA and FDA-approved foodservice and retail solutions for the changing palate, dietary demands and convenience needs of today's customers. This expansion of our footprint in the Midwest is a testament to Fuji's continued commitment to providing quality product and service," said Humberto Villagomez, COO of Fuji Food Products.

"We look forward to serving the greater Midwest region," said Tom Bulowski, Vice President of Sales for Fuji Food Products. "We hope to continue our growth into the future together with the state of Illinois and the community of South Elgin."

Fuji Foods fast facts:

  • Family business founded in 1990 with headquarters in Santa Fe Springs, Calif.
  • In April 2011, Fuji Foods acquired Okami Inc., a manufacturer of prepackaged sushi and premium gourmet ethnic meals, becoming the largest U.S. provider and distributor of pre-packaged sushi
  • Product line diversely ranges from green, grain and noodle salads, fresh seafood salads, sushi, vegetarian burgers and fresh, organic grab and go bowls
  • Fuji Food Products services over 6,000 stores across the U.S. and continues to expand into underserved markets
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