Sara Lee Frozen Bakery, a provider of baked desserts, treats, and snacks, is set to expand its food manufacturing center in Edgecombe Country, North Carolina, the state’s Department of Commerce has announced.
The company will invest an additional USD19.8m in the bakery located in Tarboro and will create 108 jobs.
“Food manufacturers like Sara Lee Frozen Bakery choose communities that can help them succeed and for 30 years, Tarboro has been that place. Sara Lee has decided to expand on their decades’ long partnership because they know this community well, and it has the workforce they need to reach their goals,” said Governor Roy Cooper.
A performance-based grant at USD500,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help facilitate Sara Lee Frozen Bakery’s expansion of its existing facility in North Carolina. The One N.C. Fund provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and to create jobs.
Sara Lee Frozen Bakery was officially formed in 2018 as a part of divestiture from Tyson Foods. While the frozen bakery entity is relatively new, the Sara Lee brand has existed since the 1950s and is known for its frozen desserts. Headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, the company operates three bakeries in Michigan, Massachusetts and North Carolina. The Tarboro bakery employs more than 650 people and produces a wide array of frozen bakery and dessert products, including croissants, biscuits, brownies, cheesecake and more.