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Premium Ready-to-Eat Food Producer Announces 128 New Jobs, Investment in the Cincinnati Region

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Cincinnati, Ohio – York Street Fresh Foods, LLC, a producer and distributor of premium ready-to-eat food solutions, announced today that it plans to locate a new production facility in Sharonville, Ohio. At this existing facility, York Street Fresh Foods will prepare ready-to-eat food products for hospitals, convenience stores, groceries, airports, and more throughout the Midwest. Some of the company’s clients include nearby colleges and universities such as the University of Kentucky Dining and University of Louisville The project is expected to create 128 new jobs and result in more than $4 million of new payroll and $3 million of new capital investment.

“We are poised and ready to meet the surging demand for our premium ready-to-eat products with our new joint venture in the Cincinnati region,” stated David Caruso, York Street Fresh Foods general manager. “The combination of expertise from the Lorenzo Food Group in production, Caruso’s logistic strengths, and the attractive local business climate point to a winning formula. We are appreciative of the support offered by JobsOhio, REDI Cincinnati, and the City of Sharonville to secure this project.”

York Street Fresh Foods’ new operation will be located at 3465 Hauck Road in Sharonville. The company is a joint venture between Caruso, Inc., an Ohio company, and New Jersey-based Lorenzo Food Group. York Street Fresh Foods will begin with a phase one investment of $500,000 immediately in August, followed by a planned $2.5 million phase two investment within a year featuring an industrial kitchen. The first phase will include the hiring of 40 new employees as the company eventually ramps up to the 128 total jobs included in the project. The company is looking to quickly fill a variety of positions, including production, quality assurance, and customer service roles. Interested applicants can contact the company at recruiting@yorkstreetfresh.com or call (513)-577-2250 to get more information on available openings.

“At more than $2.7 billion, the food and flavoring industry is a key ingredient to the Cincinnati region’s manufacturing ecosystem,” said Kimm Lauterbach, REDI Cincinnati president, and CEO. “As consumers reconsider their food needs, York Street Fresh Foods is adapting to meet the growing demand for convenient food products. Along with JobsOhio, we are proud of the partnership that led to the company’s planned investment in Sharonville and I look forward to their continued growth in the region.”

The announcement by York Street Fresh Foods is driven in part due to increased demand for safe and convenient food solutions over the last few months. In the face of COVID-19, consumers have fueled growing sales which led the company to identify the need for further investment in its ready-to-eat products. All York Street Fresh Foods offerings are produced under the strictest food safety and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) guidelines in a state-of-the-art, USDA, and FDA-certified facility. The York Street Market product line, a proven market leader in the northeast with the Lorenzo Food Group, is anchored with premium sandwiches, crafted with the finest deli ingredients and the freshest local artisan breads. The complete menu encompasses wraps, paninis, entrée and side salads, freshly cut fruits and vegetables, snack and protein plates, breakfast and dessert items, as well as gluten-free and vegan options.

“The City of Sharonville is thrilled to welcome York Street Fresh Foods to our community, especially at a time when grab-n-go food products are so popular,” said Kevin Hardman, mayor of Sharonville. “With other competitive options throughout the Midwest, we are very fortunate to have 128 new jobs coming to Sharonville.”

The project is supported by a JobsOhio Economic Development Grant and Job Creation Incentive Grant from the City of Sharonville. Consulting assistance provided by Graydon’s Economic Development Services team, Cincinnati and Eric Ciampoli Industrial Consultants Inc., New Jersey.

About York Street Fresh Food, LLC

York Street Fresh Foods, a family-owned business, is dedicated to high standards and believes in doing things the right way versus the easy way – there is no cutting corners and no substitute for high-class ingredients packed with flavor. Premium quality, hand-crafted food is more than what we do, it is core to who we are. We are proud of our roots and are guided by the spirit of family. Our level of commitment to fresh, tasty food is matched only by our commitment to treating our patrons like family. We have thought through every detail in order to deliver our customers premium, healthy, and convenient dining options that fit their on-the-go lives without compromise.

About JobsOhio

Economic development is about creating a place where companies can thrive and individuals can enjoy a higher standard of living. JobsOhio plays a leading role in economic development and serves as a catalyst to accelerate growth by investing in communities, helping Ohio’s businesses expand, and attracting new companies to the state – all contributing to job creation, greater payrolls, and more investment.

About REDI Cincinnati

The Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Cincinnati is the first point-of-contact for companies locating or growing in the 16-county region at the heart of southwest Ohio, northern Kentucky, and southeast Indiana. REDI Cincinnati is supported by top business leaders and community partners and staffed by a team of economic development experts who are uniting the Cincinnati region to compete globally. The future is bright, and we’re building it, right now.