ST. LOUIS — On Dec. 16, 8th Avenue Food & Provisions, Inc., a rapidly-growing manufacturer of high-quality private-label consumer products, announced plans to relocate its fruit and nut manufacturing plant from Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, to Hazelwood, Missouri. On Jan. 20, the company celebrated its opening.
The 250,000-square-foot plant, which will prep and package snack nuts, trail mix and dried fruit for retail, food service, and ingredient customers, will bring more than 300 new jobs to the St. Louis area.
Hiring efforts are currently underway with production scheduled to begin in January. 8th Avenue has hundreds of supervisors and entry-level jobs immediately available in a variety of fields including quality, operations, production, warehouse, forklift operator, sanitation, and maintenance across three shifts. For a full list of positions, visit the careers page of 8ave.com or text “CAREERS” to +1 (314) 597-8151.
“We’re excited and proud to bring new employment opportunities for 300-plus team members to the St. Louis region where they can join a new plant and help build a great workplace culture,” said Julie Burns, general manager of Healthy Snacks, 8th Avenue. “Our competitive pay and benefits will help us attract great talent, and our focus on training and development will support people in growing their careers with us long term.”
Charles Sargent, a dynamic leader with years of industry experience, has been hired to manage operations at the plant. Sargent was born and raised in East St. Louis, Illinois, served in the Navy for six years and worked in the private sector for industry-leading companies including Nestle, Procter & Gamble and, most recently, McCormick Spices in Springfield, Missouri.
HQ Move to St. Louis in 2020
8th Avenue, a billion-dollar company, moved its headquarters from Minneapolis to St. Louis in June 2020. 8th Avenue produces customized, high-quality, private label products including pasta, peanut butter, snack nuts, trail mix, granola and more to retail, food service and ingredient customers. In addition, with the purchase of Ronzoni, the second leading dry pasta retail brand in the country earlier this year, 8th Avenue is now the third-largest supplier of pasta in the U.S. The company operates its corporate office in Fenton, Missouri with approximately 120 team members. 8th Avenue operates nine other North American plants with approximately 2,000 team members worldwide.
“8th Avenue’s move to St. Louis is a big, big win for the St. Louis region and an important catalyst for North St. Louis County,” said Jason Hall, CEO, Greater St. Louis, Inc. “This investment in our region is an endorsement of our strategic location and talented workforce and a welcome addition to our region’s growing food sector.”More information is available on the 8th Avenue careers page at 8ave.com.
8th Avenue Food & Provisions is a private brand-centric, consumer products holding company. It manufactures private brand food products, including nut butter, dried fruit and nuts, granola and pasta, primarily to retail, food service and food ingredient customers. 8th Avenue Food & Provisions was formed in October 2018 through a combination of Post Holdings’ private brands businesses and is owned by Post Holdings and funds affiliated with Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P. (“THL”), a private equity firm.