Sep. 30, 2016

Hearthside’s Boise Nutritional Bar Facility Begins Production

by Hearthside Food

Hearthside Food Solutions (“Hearthside”) today announced their Boise Idaho nutritional bar facility had commenced production, bringing new US bar capacity and additional jobs to the Boise market. Hearthside now operates nine bar plants in the US and Europe.

This bar production facility, idled shortly before being acquired by Hearthside in late 2015, enables the company to add immediate US capacity to its growing bar network. Hearthside moved swiftly to rehire local plant leadership, retrofit, upgrade and restart the reconfigured plant. With an experienced team in place, the timetable was accelerated, enabling the plant to begin production ahead of schedule.

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Feb. 16, 2015

Life’s Kitchen Plans for Training & Production Facility in Garden City

by Admin

Life’s Kitchen, a local nonprofit that provides job and life skills training to at-risk youth, announced plans to build a new job training and food production facility in Garden City, just south of the Waterfront District.

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May. 18, 2015

Payette Brewing Co. to open $4.5 million production facility in Boise

by Payette Brewing Company

Idaho’s largest brewery is about to super-size itself. With the goal of further pushing distribution of popular beers such as Outlaw IPA into neighboring states, Payette Brewing Co. plans to open a second production facility and tasting room near Downtown Boise in the first quarter of 2016. 

Payette’s original brewery at 111 W. 33rd St. in Garden City will stay open. The new flagship location and main offices will be a $4.5 million expansion in the former home of Bronco Elite Athletics at 733 S. Pioneer St. On Tuesday, the Boise City Council gave Payette permission to proceed on the 32,000-square-foot building between Pioneer Pathway and the U.S. Post Office. 

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Jun. 10, 2015

Companies flocking to Idaho make food processing a growth industry

GoGo squeeZ is one of the latest additions to a growing list of food manufacturers choosing either to relocate to Idaho or to expand operations already here. The roster of companies includes some of the largest job creators in recent years, many of whom complement Idaho’s bulwark industry, agriculture.

From 2004 to 2013, the number of Idaho food manufacturers rose 29 percent, to 302. The industry was Idaho’s 11th largest employer in 2014, according to the Idaho Department of Commerce, and it accounted for 18 percent of all foreign exports.

Commerce Director Jeff Sayer said Idaho is building its reputation as a destination for food manufacturing. His evidence: Idaho’s concentration of such businesses is twice the national average. “Facts are facts,” Sayer said. “Idaho is a food state.”