Vegetable Leader Expands in the Southwest, Northeast and at Home

Allens, Inc. Opens New Plant and Expands Two More to Support Growing Customer Demand

Jun 28, 2010, 10:53 ET from Allens, Inc.

SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark., June 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Allens, Inc., the largest privately held vegetable company in the U.S., is proud to announce their upcoming expansions in Van Buren, AR and Oakfield, NY and a new plant acquisition in Ft. Worth, TX.  The Texas acquisition provides a platform to continue to aggressively grow canned business in Texas, the Southwest and West. The Arkansas expansion will increase the company's total capacity on canned sweet potatoes. The New York expansion will help the company to continue to capitalize on frozen vegetable success in the Northeast as well as canned vegetables.

The Ft. Worth, TX acquisition from ConAgra Foods consists of a plant that formerly packed ranch style beans.  A 200,000 square foot acquisition, the state-of-the-art plant sits on 20 acres of land and will now serve as a strategic distribution point for Allens to better serve customers.  Additionally, it will provide more than 100 positions, thereby boosting the local economy with an estimated $4.7 million dollar plant improvement by 2011. "This acquisition is exciting for us as it will further solidify our already strong presence in Texas, a part of the country with even stronger economic and additional growth potential for our company," shares Rick Allen, Chairman and CEO of Allens, Inc.

With a current presence of three frozen vegetable operations in upstate New York and unprecedented success in the northeast with frozen vegetables, Allens will add a $2.2 million dollar canned vegetable operation in Oakfield, NY.  With a strong grower base previously established, Allens is looking forward to success now with canned vegetables in the largest populated region of the country.  This new operation will begin production with sweet peas in June 2010, followed by green beans, corn and beets, as well as many dry pack bean products.  Allens is looking forward to continuing to work with the entire Oakfield community, and to being a strong member of the corporate community as well.

"Last year marked a record-breaking year of sweet potato sales for Allens," shares Bobby D. Ray, Senior Vice President of Retail Sales and Marketing, Allens, Inc.  "Now with the $13.5 million dollar expansion of the company's plant in Van Buren, AR, it is expected that we will grow our total sweet potato capacity even more than ever.  Allens long standing relationships from growers of sweet potato crops from Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi will ensure the company will continue to meet our growing customers needs."  Allens sweet potato brands include Princella, Sugary Sam, and Trappey's.

About Allens, Inc.

Allens is a family-owned and operated company, headquartered in Siloam Springs, AR and has been in the vegetable business since 1926. Allens own brands include Allens, Crest Top, Freshlike, Popeye, Princella, Royal Prince, Sugary Sam, Sunshine, Trappey's, Wagon Master and Veg-All.  Allens is the largest privately held vegetable company in the nation and grows and packs both frozen and canned vegetables. Allens vegetables are sold nationally and internationally in the Allens brands and Private Brands with 12 manufacturing plants throughout the U.S. in Texas, Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina, New York and Wisconsin. For additional information, please visit @Allens Veggies

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