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Mount Franklin Foods expands its confectionery factory

EL PASO, TEXAS – Mount Franklin Foods, LLC broke ground on the 280,000 square foot expansion of its candy manufacturing facility in San Jeronimo – a port of entry into the Mexican state of Chihuahua, across from the US border from Santa Teresa, NM, and the company’s headquarters in El Paso.

The addition to the existing facility will more than double the square footage and capacity when it opens in January 2024 and create more than 400 new jobs in the area, the company said.

“We are pleased to announce the expansion of our San Jeronimo plant, increasing our capacity by 140 million pounds per year, which will double our current production capacity,” said Enrique Grajeda, President and CEO of Mount Franklin Foods. “The new facility is being built to house additional production of soft candy tycoons, such as gummies and jellies, and will allow us to meet growing customer demand and continue to innovate with the development of exciting new products.”

Mount Franklin Foods opened the San Jeronimo plant in September 2020. At the time, this marked a major technology and manufacturing investment for the company in its core confectionery business.

“Expanding manufacturing capabilities keeps us on the cutting edge of technology so we can be an even more robust resource for our customers,” Mr. Grajeda said. “This expansion gives us both the ability to better serve our customers today and the opportunity to support our future growth initiatives.”

Mount Franklin Foods manufactures branded, contract and private label confections, nuts, snacks, catering products and mixed dry ingredients. The Company’s brands include Party Sweets mints; Sunrise Candy; Azar nuts, seeds and trail mixes; Brewhouse Legends snack nut mixes; Nubu Snacks nuts and nut butters; Route 66 snack mixes; Chef Xpress nut toppings; Fruit Shoppe fruit snacks; and sweeter than brittle nut snacks.