Slaughter Tours Love Beets to Announce the Creation of More Than 100 New
ROCHESTER, NY – During a tour of their state-of-the-art facility today, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) announced that Love Beets will be creating 100 new jobs as it enters into a new phase of the company’s growth. These middle-skill and high-tech jobs will be created over the next 26 months and will allow the company to maximize its crop output, enabling them to have 100 percent of their products grown in the U.S., including 75 percent in the Rochester region. Slaughter’s tour coincides with Love Beet’s launch of its products, Beets Salsa and Golden, the first new recipes coming from the Rochester facility. Bringing Love Beets to Rochester from the United Kingdom and growing their business is part of Slaughter’s continued leadership championing and promoting Monroe County’s manufacturing and high-tech workforce, including Eastman Business Park where Love Beets is located.
“I’m proud to come to Love Beets today to announce 100 new local jobs. Love Beets already employs 125 people and their continued growth is just one example of the economic successes happening all across our community. When I first met with company leaders in 2014, they saw everything we saw in Eastman Business Park, which is the best tech incubator in the world. Now just four years later, they are expanding even further,” said Slaughter.
“Rochester has been extremely welcoming to Love Beets and an early meeting with Congresswoman Louise Slaughter at LiDestri Foods ahead of our investment supported our confidence levels to commit and develop our food manufacturing here and build on the local agricultural infrastructure to deliver New York grown beets in a healthy, convenient, and tasty format. It’s a pleasure to welcome the Congresswoman back to Love Beets to meet our 125 strong manufacturing team now we are fully operational and creating new bespoke products here in Rochester for the North American marketplace. We discussed further development of our upstate New York supply chains and how our plans for new products will create the next 100 jobs at Love Beets on the Eastman Business Park,” said Daniel Cross, Love Beets Managing Director.
Slaughter first met with Love Beets in August 2014 to promote Rochester’s manufacturing and high-tech workforce, rich climate for beet growth and Eastman Business Park’s unique infrastructure.
Love Beets currently employs 125 people and expects to add the 100 additional workers over the next 26 months. Love Beets commenced production in their Rochester facility in January 2016 with 51 employees. In January 2017, they grew to 118 employees and with successful local crops were able to stop importing beets by harvesting almost 50 percent of their crops in the region. From 2015 to 2017, Love Beets has seen a sales growth of over $10 million and has launched several new products. The Rochester facility exports products throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico with plans to expand into South America.
Slaughter has spearheaded efforts to support the innovative work performed at the Eastman Business Park. She has laid the groundwork for the successful partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratories, in part by bringing top-ranking officials from the Departments of Energy and Defense to Eastman Business Park to see the high-tech innovation being done there. In 2014, she secured more than $1.2 million to spur energy innovation at EBP. Slaughter also led the effort to bring a national manufacturing institute for photonics to Rochester, an effort that could provide years of collaborative work with businesses at Eastman Business Park.