MANA Nutrition, a Georgia-based nonprofit that produces ready-to-use therapeutic meals (RUTF) to struggle international malnutrition, celebrated breaking floor on an enlargement of their Ben Hill County facility.
With greater than $36 million in funding, that is the corporate’s largest enlargement funding thus far. MANA may also add 10 new jobs, bringing the corporate’s employment within the county to 80.
“It’s nice to see the wonderful work executed by hardworking Georgians in Ben Hill County,” stated Governor Kemp. “We are excited to look at MANA Nutrition serve communities in want worldwide with merchandise from our state’s no. 1 agriculture trade. We have been laser-focused on creating impactful alternatives throughout the state, and jobs like these shall be good for the area people for years to return.”
The new enlargement will enhance MANA’s manufacturing of ready-to-use therapeutic meals three-fold and mark MANA’s first step in addressing malnutrition within the United States. These RUTFs are composed of peanut paste, milk, and a particular mixture of nutritional vitamins and minerals and are distributed globally to struggle malnutrition. Since its creation in 2009, MANA has helped practically 5.5 million youngsters and is predicted to feed a further 1 million in 2022 alone.
“At Mana we’re proud to harness two of Georgia’s best strengths: folks and peanuts, to serve and feed the world. We are proud that our small, rural group is among the world’s largest suppliers of Ready to Use Food for malnourished youngsters,” stated Mark Moore, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of MANA Nutrition. “This improve to our facility will permit us to feed as much as 3 million youngsters a yr. Hopefully our effort is an inspiration to others who may not have a lot, however can do what they will with what they need to make our world a greater place.”
MANA Nutrition will assemble a 38,000-square-foot addition to its present facility at 189 Seaboard Road in Fitzgerald. The enlargement will facilitate elevated RUTF manufacturing and add a brand new jar line to serve the home market. Currently, the power can produce as much as 121,000 kilos of RUTF per day, which is sufficient to feed 4,000 youngsters affected by malnutrition for six weeks. The group shall be hiring for quite a lot of positions to fill enterprise wants, and people can apply at [email protected] or name 855 GET-MANA.
“Feeding the world from rural Georgia isn’t a brand new idea. The method by which Mana Nutrition is doing it’s,” stated Jason Dunn, Director of the Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Development Authority. “Through the mixture of Georgia Grown peanuts and the state-of-the-art manufacturing of life-saving therapeutic meals, Mana’s continued funding in Fitzgerald isn’t solely strengthening, but in addition increasing the attain of Georgia’s ag legacy.”
Senior Project Manager Elizabeth McLean represented the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s (GDEcD) Global Commerce workforce on this mission in partnership with the Fitzgerald-Ben Hill County Development Authority.
“Agriculture has lengthy been the spine of Georgia’s financial system, and this can be very gratifying to know that MANA Nutrition will leverage our experience in agriculture and logistics property to assist feed these in want around the globe,” stated GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Congratulations to our companions in Fitzgerald for his or her efforts to help this thrilling mission that won’t solely profit Georgians, however folks across the globe.”
Georgia leads the nation within the manufacturing of peanuts, eggs, and boilers. In 2020, Georgia peanuts had been planted on greater than 800,000 acres all through Georgia and accounted for 53% of peanut manufacturing within the United States. Seventy-six of Georgia’s 159 counties have peanut farms, with a mean yield of greater than 4,100 kilos per acre. Many firms – together with Pilgrim’s Pride, Chick-fil-A, Coca-Cola and Tyson – supply their merchandise instantly from Georgia farms and operations.
About MANA Nutrition
MANA Nutrition produces ready-to-use therapeutic meals (RUTF), a fortified peanut paste designed particularly to deal with youngsters recognized with extreme acute malnutrition (SAM). On common, three packets of MANA per day for six weeks will save the lifetime of a ravenous baby. MANA Nutrition additionally seeks to unfold consciousness of SAM and discover inventive methods to get RUTF to the hundreds of thousands of youngsters who want it annually. For extra data, please go to www.mananutrition.org.