RICHMOND - Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Canada-based Natures Touch Frozen Foods will invest $1.8 million to establish its first Virginia operation in Warren County. The company, which established its first U.S. entity in Vermont in 2009, imports the highest quality of fruits and vegetables and assembles and distributes them across the U.S. The project will create 25 new jobs.
Natures Touch was founded in 2004 with a vision to change the way consumers looked at frozen fruit. The company packed its first order from a small rented room in a warehouse in 2005, and, in less than 10 years, has won the private label frozen fruit accounts of all major grocery chains in Canada. The goal of Natures Touch is to provide the highest quality frozen fruit and vegetables at a competitive price and give consumers a consistent quality experience.
The choice of Virginia was made easy for Nature's Touch Frozen Foods, said Theo Prokos, Director, Nature's Touch Frozen Foods. The welcome and cooperation of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership to identify potential locations and promote the benefits of Virginia, coupled with the efforts of Front Royal and the Warren County Economic Development Authority, helped us find Interchange Port Services. The combination of close proximity to a sea port and easy access to major highways was tough to beat. In our case, the state authorities ensured that Virginia was the Best State for Business.
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Warren County, the Warren County Economic Development Authority (EDA), and the Interchange of Front Royal to secure the project for Virginia. The company is eligible to participate in the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. Funding and services to support the companys employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.
The EDA is pleased to have Natures Touch become part of our business community, said Patricia S. Wines, Warren County EDA Chairman. We value each business that chooses Warren County as their place of business as we know they have many options to choose from, and we look forward to their success in our community.