Amy’s Kitchen to expand in Santa Rosa

  • The future manufacturing site of Amy's Kitchen on Bellevue Avenue in Santa Rosa. (CHRISTOPHER CHUNG/ PD)

Fast-growing food maker Amy’s Kitchen is moving forward with expansion plans in Santa Rosa, seven months after it shelved the idea of building a huge new production facility in the city.

The Petaluma-based company will begin producing a new line of entrees and snacks in a former food processing facility the company has leased in southwest Santa Rosa.

“Our growth has been faster than we expected this year, so we had to move quickly,” said Andy Berliner, who founded the organic frozen and packaged foods company with his wife in 1987.

The multimillion-dollar project is expected to create 150 new jobs, fewer than the 800 jobs once envisioned as part of a $50 million state-of-the-art facility first proposed in March 2013.

That project hit a snag when the company realized how costly it would be to hook up to the city’s water and wastewater system. It instead decided to build a $95 million facility in Goshen, N.Y., to be closer to its large East Coast market.

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