Alpina Foods Shuts Down
Written by Dan Fischer on January 18, 2019
The once promising yogurt making business in Genesee County has gone sour for the second time.
Alpina Foods has closed operations in the Genesee County Agri-business Park in the Town of Batavia. An estimated 35 workers are out of a job.
In a statement released late Friday by the Genesee County Economic Development Center it was explained that, “due to the loss of a co-packaging contract, Alpina Foods has made a decision to close its operations at the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park.”
“While this is extremely disappointing news, the GCEDC will be diligent in marketing and promoting the facility to other agricultural businesses. This was similar to our approach in marketing and promoting a former yogurt manufacturing site, which resulted in bringing HP Hood to our community,” the statement continued.
Alpina opened the new yogurt plant in 2012. It was highly touted by the GCEDC and various state agencies.
Mueller Quaker Dairy opened a $200-million yogurt making plant next door to Alpina. This operation shut down in December, 2015.
The Mueller Quaker facility was eventually sold to H P Hood which has recently begun production at the plant.
They are nearing completion of a 100,000 sq. ft. refrigerated warehouse on the site.