Cardinal Foods investing $15.5 million in expansion project in Pender County


Cardinal Foods LLC will create 48 new jobs as it launches a $15.5 million expansion at its Pender County operations.

The project will double the company’s current 48-person workforce. Cardinal processes blueberries, sweet potatoes and butternut squash harvested primarily by North Carolina farmers.

The company’s current expansion involves the production of sweet potato French fries to fill growing market demand in the U.S. and abroad. The company will rely on raw materials supplied by farmers in North Carolina, which has led the nation in sweet potato production since 1971.


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