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SunOpta breaks ground for $25 million warehouse

 SunOpta held an official groundbreaking ceremony at the site of its new 252,000-square-foot warehouse located at 3455 34th Avenue West in Alexandria.

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Representatives of Sunopta, CI Construction, GoodNeighbor Properties, Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission participate in a groundbreaking for a new Sunopta warehouse on State Highway 27 near the Pilot truck stop west of Alexandria Monday.
Lowell Anderson / Alexandria Echo Press
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ALEXANDRIA — SunOpta of Alexandria held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new warehouse located along the north side of Interstate- 94 on Monday, Oct. 3.

The $25 million 252,000-square-foot warehouse is expected to help with the production of oat milk. A product that has grown in demand over the last few years.

"The new warehouse demonstrates SunOpta’s ongoing commitment to sustainability and innovation—and the Alexandria community," a press release stated. "In 2020, SunOpta made a $26 million investment to make oatmilk at its Third Avenue facility. Both of SunOpta’s Alexandria facilities–Third Avenue and Minnesota Street–will utilize the warehouse as the company continues on its path to double its plant-based business by 2025."

According to an Echo Press article published last Oct., in 2020, plant-based milk grew twice as fast as cow's milk and makes up 15% of the entire milk category.

“Capacity expansion and regional production are key tenets of SunOpta’s strategy for dynamic growth,” said Cody Emery, Minnesota Street Plant Manager, SunOpta. “This warehouse is yet another step to fuel the future of sustainable, plant-based and fruit-based food and beverages.”

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The event was attended by Emery, Joe Gerhardt, third avenue plant manager; Dave Jordan, vice president of operations; Elizabeth Neiman, project manager; Rob Thompson, president of C.I. Construction; Nicole Fernholz, director for Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission and Lauren Johnson, marketing coordinator for Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.

The warehouse will be located at 3455 34th Avenue West in Alexandria.

For more information about SunOpta, please visit Sunopta.com .

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In addition to the current 66 SunOpta employees in Alexandria, this new addition will create more than 20 new jobs and quadruple oat base production, according to the company.

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