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Hot Stuff Foods recently completed a $1.8 million U.S. Department of Agriculture plant expansion. The new facility allows the company to produce fully-topped pizzas and sandwiches in its own facility to meet the increasing demands and expansion of its franchise partners, according to company chairman and president Des Hague.
"By expanding and building our own USDA plant, we are now licensed to handle meat products at our own facilities, leading to greater efficiency. In addition, this offers even more opportunities to expedite new product development and implementation for our franchise partners in the U.S. and around the world," he said. "We have already started manufacturing 27 new products consisting of 75 raw material ingredients."
Hague added that the new state-of-the-art USDA facility is the only one of its kind in South Dakota, where the company is headquartered in Sioux Falls.
The development of several popular new food solutions' initiatives, including Hot Stuff's Palm Pizza and Market Selects sandwiches product line, as well as self-contained cooking platforms, including Mac's Market and Hot Stuff Food On the Go, created greater demands on Hot Stuff Foods and its supplier partners, Hague said.
"The $1.8 million plant expansion has been outfitted with the most advanced equipment and systems to allow for the best production and most sanitary environment. We are expanding our capabilities, but just as importantly, increasing our ability to keep our arms around pivotal food solutions' components, such as quality control and food safety," he said.
"Locally, it allows us to continue supporting our community through increased hiring and contracting local businesses involved in the expansion of our facilities," Hague continued, noting that 20 new employees have been added at the USDA plant, including 16 production and four sanitation workers, and he said the potential exists to add a second shift and additional employees as sales continue to rise.
Hot Stuff Foods franchises and/or licenses its branded food concepts in over 1600 locations throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia.