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Valley Fine Foods Expands East Coast Operations to Fulfill Triple-Digit Growth

Leading Maker of Fresh Pasta and Sauces Ramps up Production in Forest City, NC

BENICIA, Calif.Feb. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Valley Fine Foods, a family-owned company dedicated to creating fresh prepared foods with honest, wholesome ingredients, today announced plans to expand its production capacity on the East Coast in order to support retail growth and increased demand for its foods on a national level. Beginning May 1, the company will shift pasta and sauce production from Benicia, CA, to its Forest City, NC, facility—a move expected to greatly improve operational efficiencies, lower maintenance costs and further accelerate company growth by addressing the needs of its developing portfolio of brands, which includes Three Bridges, Pasta Prima, and newer offerings, Artisola and Pasta Bellezza.

"Producing tens of millions of pounds of fresh food, rolling out national distribution and achieving record sales in 2015 only reinforces the need for us to become more localized in our operational approach," said Ryan Tu, president and CEO, Valley Fine Foods. "Expanding on the East Coast will allow Valley Fine Foods to more efficiently service our retail partners throughout the East and Midwest regions and better react to local preferences, ultimately serving local customers with fresher, higher quality products. With more families seeking fresh, prepared foods, we will be able to more rapidly scale up to fit those needs and bring consumers easier access to better options."

As part of the move, Valley Fine Foods will build out and add two new production lines (for fresh pasta and sauces), as well as dozens of new jobs, at its 180,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility in Forest City, which opened in 2013 as part of a long-term growth strategy.

"Valley Fine Foods has been a strong supporter of our local community and we look forward to the jobs growth in our area," said Dennis Tarlton, Mayor of the Town of Forest City. "These new jobs will continue to build on a stable and growing base of employment in Forest City, and adding more food production will also be great for our local farmers and suppliers."

While shifting production away from the company's original plant on May 1, Valley Fine Foods will continue to operate its headquarters and culinary development center in Benicia, which includes a 30,000-square-foot warehouse. The company's existing facility in Yuba City, CA, located approximately 100 miles north, will handle all West Coast manufacturing.

About Valley Fine Foods 
Valley Fine Foods specializes in convenient, fresh foods for everyday wholesome living. Its refrigerated pastas, sauces, and prepared meals are made with honest, wholesome ingredients with no additives, nothing artificial, and no preservatives. Products are made from scratch and shipped fresh to customers through its Artisola, Three Bridges, Pasta Prima, and Pasta Bellezza brands. For more information, please visit www.valleyfine.com.

Contact:  Jessica Lieu 

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