San Francisco Institution, Just Desserts, To Open 75,000 Square-Foot Manufacturing Facility for Natural and Organic Products in Fairfield, California

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The City of Fairfield, California's economic development department announces that Just Desserts, an award-winning San Francisco bakery, will open a 75,000 square-foot manufacturing facility at 5000 Fulton Drive, housing the company's production facility and some administrative offices.

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Fairfield, California is centrally located with value-priced land, room to expand and has an ample supply of water and a state-of-the-art wastewater system.

We chose Fairfield because of the value of real estate, the City’s business-friendly environment, and the fact that the transportation lanes are attractive for shipping and transporting product, “ -Michael J. Mendes, CEO, Just Desserts

The City of Fairfield, California’s economic development department today announces that Just Desserts, an award-winning bakery, founded in San Francisco in 1974, is opening a 75,000 square-foot manufacturing facility at 5000 Fulton Drive in May 2015.

The Fairfield location will house the company’s production facility and some administrative offices. Just Desserts’ San Francisco location will have administrative offices and an innovation center, including a test kitchen.

“Our business enjoyed double digit growth in 2014 through the introduction of our new organic and vegan product offerings,” says Michael J. Mendes, Just Desserts CEO. “With the introduction of new products, our new proprietary-packaging platform and expanded production facility, we expect accelerated growth in the future.”

The company is moving from Oakland because of its need for a larger facility. The Fairfield site is double the size of Just Desserts’ current bakery in Oakland. It is being designed and equipped to handle the company’s new organic and premium vegan baked items and will have enhanced production capabilities, as well as an in-house quality control laboratory.

Mendes says the company conducted an exhaustive search for a new site, even looking as far away as Nevada and Texas.

“We chose Fairfield because of the value of real estate, the City’s business-friendly environment, and the fact that the transportation lanes are attractive for shipping and transporting product, “ says Mendes. “We also found that the access to skilled workers in the area is well-suited to our needs.”

At full production, Just Desserts estimates it will create over 100 new jobs at the Fairfield facility.

“We are pleased that Just Desserts will be joining our community of top food and beverage companies that have found a sweet spot in Fairfield,” says Ken Cantrell, senior economic development project manager with Fairfield’s economic development department. “We have attracted companies because of our commitment to building a strong infrastructure that includes an ample supply of water and a state-of-the-art wastewater system.”

About Just Desserts
Just Desserts is an artisan-inspired baking company that makes premium desserts and wholesome sweet snacks that are sold in grocery and convenience retailers from coast to coast. Just Desserts was founded in San Francisco in 1974 with a passion for making the most delicious desserts that are always handcrafted and made from quality kitchen pantry ingredients. For information, visit http://www.justdesserts.com.

Fairfield Offers Business Benefits
Fairfield, California appeals to companies because of its central location to the San Francisco Bay Area’s North and East Bay, proximity to ports, airports, rail and freeways. It has value-priced land with room to expand, pre-approved business parks, a diverse, skilled workforce, and affordable housing choices ranging from entry level to executive estates.

The city is a hub for food and beverage companies including: Jelly Belly Candy Company, Anheuser Busch, Crystal Geyser, Engelhart Gourmet Foods, Frank-Lin Distillers, Guittard Chocolates, Heretic Brewing Company, and Sunnyside Farms to name a few.

For information, visit http://www.businessinfairfield.com and http://www.fairfield.ca.gov.

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