Greencore Group, an Ireland-based food manufacturing company, announced an expansion project that will add more than 250 new jobs to the Jacksonville region. This outstanding company serves customers including Starbucks, Trader Joes, Publix and Winn-Dixie. Greencore is located at the Tradeport near JIA and will be investing an additional $10 million in its infrastructure. This is the first of several projects associated with the city's economic development mission to London with the Jaguars.

Greencore USA is based near Boston in Danvers, Mass. It has six U.S. sites in Jacksonville; Chicago; Newburyport and Brockton, Mass.; Fredericksburg, Va.; and Salt Lake City. Greencore bought the Jacksonville plant through its purchase last June of Chicago-based H.C. Schau & Son Inc.

The Jacksonville operation leases 55,000 square feet of space and currently uses about 25,000 square feet. Greencore intends to expand into the remaining 30,000 square feet of space in a year or two. Greencore  has invested more than $10 million in buying and enhancing the Jacksonville plant. This investment could double to $20 million by the time maximum employment is reached.

Major clients nationwide include 7-Eleven, Trader Joe's, Publix Super Markets Inc., Winn-Dixie Stores, BJ's Wholesale Club, Kroger and Walgreens.