Pinnacle Foods, Fayettevilles Largest Private Employer, Announces Expansion

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Pinnacle Foods today announced plans to expand its food manufacturing in Fayetteville. The company is relocating its EVOL brand line from Boulder, Colorado, to the Fayetteville location, which will result in the addition of 25 new jobs over two years, according to a news release.

Pinnacle will invest in the Fayetteville facility to upgrade existing manufacturing capabilities in order to accommodate the new line. EVOL is a line that contains cage-free eggs, no antibiotics, no artificials and no GMOs.

EVOL products range from single-serve meals to gluten-free macaroni and cheese. Pinnacle’s Fayetteville location also produces Hungry Man meals, Aunt Jemima breakfasts and other frozen meals.

“We appreciate the assistance provided by the state of Arkansas and Arkansas Economic Development Corporation as we relocate a portion of the EVOL brand manufacturing operations to our Fayetteville facility,” Mike Wittman, Pinnacle Foods executive vice president and chief supply officer, said in the release.

The Fayetteville facility at 1100 W. 15th St. — across Razorback Road from Baum Stadium — comprises 47 acres with 360,000 SF of space. It currently employs 420 full-time employees, which makes it the largest private employer in the city.

“Pinnacle Foods has been feeding Americans for more than 150 years,” said Gov. Asa Hutchinson. “They have been a tremendous asset to the Arkansas economy, and we are excited to see the addition of 25 new jobs at the Fayetteville facility. We have a very significant food manufacturing sector in the state that is further strengthened through today’s announcement. We look forward to the economic impact these new jobs will have on our economy.”

Pinnacle Foods Group LLC is a leading producer, marketer and distributor of food products. Pinnacle is the principal operating entity of the publicly traded Pinnacle Foods Inc. a Fortune 1000 company with revenue in excess of $2.5 billion annually. 

Pinnacle leads the dry and frozen packaged foods segments, with brands such as Duncan Hines, Birds Eye, Mrs. Paul’s, Vlasic, Mrs. Butterworth’s, Wishbone, and Aunt Jemima.