On July 28, United Foods International, a Japanese private label food manufacturer, opened its new manufacturing plant in Belcamp, in an effort to better serve the East Coast market.
The company chose Harford County for its new plant with plans to hire 120 workers and increase production of its sauces and dry spices. United Foods products are sold as ingredients to food makers, such as restaurants and groceries.
“We are truly excited to be able to operate in a similar capacity or even more than that of the California operations and given our geographic location, delivery is possible as quick as one to two days to all East Coast states,” Takeo Shimura, CEO and president of United Foods International (USA) Inc., said in a statement.The first United Foods plant in the United States was opened in 1988 in the San Francisco Bay area.
As part of the company’s expansion plans, it will export products from the Port of Baltimore to Europe.
If the company’s employment continues to grow, it could qualify for incentives under the More Jobs for Marylanders program, which rewards companies for moving to and expanding in the state. United Foods could receive a 10-year income tax credit, once its employment number reach 100, according to Karen Glenn Hood, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Department of Commerce.