The state-of-the-art processing center is scheduled to be fully operational by the second quarter of 2017. Kurt Seagrist, Chief Executive Officer, Berner Food and Beverage LLC said, “This is a very exciting time for Berner Foods. This plant expansion is going to triple our footprint and allow us to better serve our customer partners and all of their private label and contract manufacturing needs. The improvements we have been making are driven by the new strategic direction underway since our acquisition by Peak Rock Capital. Berner has always been a family-owned company supplying the industry with quality products."

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The current plant expansion project will allow additional beverage manufacturing capabilities and further expand the footprint of their retorted beverage lines in the new 290,000 square foot facility. Kurt Seagrist, Chief Executive Officer, Berner Food and Beverage LLC said, “I am happy to share that as our plant expansion nears completion, we are letting our customers know that we will have an increased footprint in retort can and glass beverage capabilities. Our new state-of-the-art facility is SQF Level III certified and offers processing capabilities to deliver a larger variety of RTD beverages.

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Berner Food and Beverage has expanded its ready-to-drink beverage manufacturing capabilities with an investment of over $100m, adding 200,000 additional square feet to its production warehouse in Dakota, Illinois.

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Dakota-based Berner Food and Beverage is adding a Rockford location to its free employee transportation system. The hope is that it can help fill some of the 75 to 100 open jobs Berner has at any given time, said Jody Gowin, Berner’s human resources director.

“As we grow, our job base comes from a wider radius,” she said. “We also need to get more employees from the Rockford area simply because we’re always hiring.”

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The Illinois dairy processor tripled its facility to 290,000 square feet. It uses the retort process to manufacture beverages and cheeses.

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Berner Food & Beverage, a leading private label and contract manufacturing supplier of quality food and beverage products, has expanded their dip program. Recent expansion of their manufacturing facility has allowed the company to optimize their manufacturing lines and assist retailers in expanding the category for high quality shelf stable dips with additional variety and flavors.

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FREEPORT — More than 100 people attended a Stephenson County food manufacturing industry job fair today at the Freeport Public Library.

An estimated 300 jobs were available, including entry-level and professional positions. Six local companies — Berner Food & Beverage, CoreFx, Devansoy Inc., Nuestro Queso, Pearl Valley Farms and Snak King — participated, accepting applications and resumes while some conducted onsite interviews.

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Berner Food & Beverage LLC (Berner), a leading private label and contract manufacturing supplier of quality food and beverage products, hosted a ribbon cutting event, marking the official opening of their newly expanded manufacturing facility. The state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, located in Dakota, Illinois, triples Berner’s manufacturing space, offers customers additional beverage production capabilities, and allows for continued growth in the future.

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Berner Food & Beverage, a leading private label and contract manufacturing supplier of quality food and beverage products, will showcase some of the latest private label products, including trending ready-to-drink (RTD) coffee flavors, at PLMA’s 2017 Private Label Tradeshow. PLMA’s annual tradeshow, where retailers and wholesalers source for their private label programs, will be held November 12-14, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.

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