Operation will incorporate olive oil bottling, blending, and packaging for domestic and international distribution, creating 29 new jobs
RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Acesur, an international olive oil manufacturer, will invest $11 million to establish its first U.S. production operation in the City of Suffolk. Virginia successfully competed with North Carolina for the project, which will create 29 new jobs. The new facility, which will handle the company’s bulk oil imports from Argentina, Australia, and Spain, will operate under its subsidiary, Acesur USA LLC.
“Virginia has a strong workforce and a world-class transportation network that allows businesses to easily import and export their products through the Port of Virginia,” said Governor Northam. “These and other advantages continue to attract global companies that want to launch in the United States, and I welcome Acesur USA to the Commonwealth.”
Established in 1840, Acesur has been active for more than 150 years producing, packaging, and marketing olive oil, and has a long history in the vegetable oils sector. A leader within the national olive oil industry in Spain, Acesur also exports its products to more than 90 countries around the world. Acesur is a vertically integrated company that controls the entire process from ground to bottle, allowing it to have one of the largest ranges of products in the industry, with established brands in the United States such as La Espanola, Italica, and Villa Blanca. Acesur is committed to sustainability, giving back more than 10 times the energy it consumes through the recycling of its waste.
“The new facility in the City of Suffolk will enable the company to build on its 150-year legacy of high-quality products and dedicated service to its customers,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball. “The Hampton Roads region has emerged as a hub for the food and beverage sector, and Acesur USA will be a valuable addition to the industry.”
“Virginia was chosen due to its market proximity, progressive infrastructure investment, as well as the Port of Virginia’s proximity to the plant,” said Joseph Fairchild, Vice President of Operations and Director of Purchasing for Acesur USA LLC.
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with the City of Suffolk, the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance, and the Port of Virginia to secure the project for Virginia. Governor Northam approved a $120,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist Suffolk with the project. The company is eligible to receive benefits from the Port of Virginia Economic and Infrastructure Development Zone Grant Program, and funding and services to support employee training activities will also be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.
“We are privileged to welcome Acesur to our thriving food and beverage industry sector in Suffolk,” said Suffolk Mayor Linda T. Johnson. “We are confident that their well-respected international presence will be a complementary blend with our skilled workforce and favorable business environment.”
“We are thrilled Acesur has selected Suffolk for its U.S. production operation,” said Doug Smith, President and CEO of the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance. “Hampton Roads has long been a hub for food processing due to the availability of industry-specific resources such as the Port of Virginia.”
“Virginia’s food and beverage manufacturing industry is expanding, and we are working closely with the members of that business sector to ensure efficient access to world markets,” said John F. Reinhart, CEO and Executive Director of the Virginia Port Authority. “We are making significant infrastructure investments to ensure safe, reliable, and consistent cargo movement to help this industry and the Virginia economy grow. We welcome Acesur USA and look forward to the opportunity to help it expand.”