USA—Do Good Foods (DGF) has announced plans to invest up to US$100 million in an animal-feed production facility near Fort Wayne International Airport in Idaho which will create up to 100 new jobs by the end of 2024.
Launched in 2021 Do Good Foods is a sustainable foods producer that uses surplus from grocery stores and farmers markets to produce nutritious animal feed. its first product, Do Good Chicken, is available in grocery stores in northeast Indiana and will soon be available nationwide.
Do Good’s mission is to reduce and ultimately eliminate food waste. Each Do Good Chicken saves approximately four pounds of surplus groceries from being thrown away, preventing approximately three pounds of greenhouse gases.
The 150,000-square-foot facility will allow the company to divert food waste from up to 450 supermarkets and repurpose about 60,000 tons of food waste on an annual basis.
Matt Kamine, co-CEO of Do Good Foods said that, “This project is a great opportunity for DGF to work with the local community on bringing more sustainable solutions to Fort Wayne and the retailers and food service providers located there.”
Based on the company’s job creation plans, the Indiana Economic Development Corp. (IEDC) committed an investment of up to US$1.2 million in the form of incentive-based tax credits and up to US$100,000 in conditional training grants.
These tax credits are performance-based, meaning that the company is eligible to claim incentives once Indiana residents are hired and trained.
Northeast Indiana Works, the regions non-profit workforce development organization, will provide the company with additional hiring and training assistance and the Fort Wayne City Council will consider additional incentives.
“Do Good Foods takes Indiana’s advancements in sustainable food production to the next level and propels the state’s progress in clean energy,” said Indiana Governor, Eric Holcomb.
“Taking food waste, the No. 1 material in America’s landfills, and upcycling it to feed our livestock is the type of ingenuity we encourage and cultivate in Indiana.”
Construction is expected to be complete in late 2024 and production to begin in early 2025. The facility will reduce the amount of food waste, and the associated greenhouse gas emissions, in surrounding landfills.
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