The theme for the dedication of the new Sabra Dipping Company plant last week was sharing: Sharing a conversation, sharing friendships, sharing the environment and sharing a fresh meal. Sabra, which is jointly owned by Strauss Ltd., of Israel, and PepsiCo, spent the last 13 months building a state-of-the-art facility in the Walthall Industrial Park that now produces a variety of dips, primarily hummus.
The plant is expected to create approximately 260 jobs in the community.
On Wednesday, Sabra threw an opening celebration the company should have sold tickets to. About 400 people, including Gov. Bob McDonnell, attended and were treated to tastings of multiple varieties of dips with fresh vegetables, breads and crackers to dip, and dip they did. The festivities also included speeches from local dignitaries, as well as a contingent from Sabra, including the founder of Strauss, the CEO of Sabra and the CEO of PepsiCo.
“We are thrilled to celebrate this incredible milestone in Sabra’s history with our partners and our new neighbors,” said Ronen Zohar, chief executive officer of Sabra. “Americans are moving towards broadening culinary horizons and increasing experiences with a variety of foods and we are as a green factory.”
The company is seeking Silver certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification program.
According to Will Davis, director of Chesterfield’s economic development department, the county is finding a niche in the food industry. With Fiorucci Foods and the expansion of the
Maruchan Ramen noodle maker and now Sabra, he said, Chesterfield could become a center for food producers.
“The food industry is one of our targets,” Davis said. “You could say the flavor of Chesterfield is changing.”