Statesville Group Launches früsh Yogurt & Fruit Shakes, Investing More than $7 Million

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Origin Food Group, LLC will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony on January 25 at 4:15 p.m. at its new facility in Iredell County where it will produce its new and innovative line of healthy food products, beginning with früsh™ Yogurt & Fruit Shakes.
The company is investing more than $7 million to build and upfit its state-of-the-art food processing facility off of Interstate 40. Origin Food Group expects to create 28 jobs initially, and employ as many as 40 – 50 people by 2014.

N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue is scheduled to attend and speak at the ribbon cutting, as is former Gov. James B. Hunt, Jr.

The facility is key to Origin Food Group’s plans for Iredell County. The company will initially launch in grocery stores with a new line of Yogurt & Fruit Shakes, called früsh. Debuting in four flavors: strawberry, blueberry, peach and strawberry banana and available in two sizes, 8.4 fl. oz. and 32 fl. oz., früsh is designed for a healthy on-the-go lifestyle.

“It’s time for an all new approach to the way we eat,” said Don Greenlee, general manager of Origin Food Group. “Our products fit seamlessly into a healthy lifestyle, giving consumers the taste they want, the nutrition they need – with the convenience they require. We are even sourcing the ingredients locally whenever possible. In fact, the milk used in früsh will come from neighboring Stamey Farms, making the trip from farm to factory less than one mile.”

The company creates healthy, tasty and affordable products to fit consumers’ busy lifestyles where unhealthy choices are abundant and the need for healthier dietary choices is becoming increasingly important.

“We’re thrilled to offer früsh to the marketplace, while also creating jobs in our community and giving new life to an existing building by adding a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant. And I have to admit, creating these jobs for Iredell County is putting a smile on all of our faces here at Origin.”

“The früsh line is just the start for Origin Food Group, with additional future super food product lines planned,” Greenlee stated. “At Origin, we are driven to continuously dream, test and innovate.”

About Origin Food Group, LLC

Origin Food Group prides itself on promoting healthy lifestyles by creating wholesome alternatives for today’s consumers while investing in the Statesville region where the company is headquartered. A partnership, the company combines 33 years of experience in yogurt and beverages by the Alarcón family of Ecuador with the Stameys of Iredell County, N.C’s 60+ years in the dairy farming and cattle business. Origin Food Group is the maker of früsh Yogurt & Fruit Shakes, a superdrink make with real fruit, rich and creamy yogurt and all-natural health boosters like HOWARU® Bifido probiotics and TruCal® calcium. For additional information, visit www.originfoodgroup.com andwww.gofrush.com.

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