General Mills is scheduled to shutter its Progresso soup plan in Vineland this year.

VINELAND — A leading New Jersey-based fresh and frozen food supplier has purchased the closed General Mills Progresso Soup plant, with plans to open in the spring.

F&S Produce announced it finalized the purchase of the 585,000-square-foot plant earlier this week. F&S Produce will retrofit the former General Mills-owned plant into a production facility for fresh-cut and packaged fruit and vegetables, according to a news release from the business.

“Our new state-of-the-art production facility will allow continued growth within the fresh cut produce space, while enabling our company to expand its meal solution offerings that our customers increasingly seek,” President and CEO Sam Pipitone Jr. said in the release.

In August, F&S Produce was approved by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority to relocate and expand into Vineland and receive tax credits through the Grow NJ program.

F&S Produce was founded in 1981 and operates two production facilities in the Rosenhayn section of Deerfield Township, Cumberland County.

General Mills announced in January a series of layoff and the planned closing of the plant, resulting in the loss of 600 jobs.

Though F&S Produce did talk about expanding operations in South Jersey, there was no information on how many jobs would be available at the new facility.

Contact: 609-272-7286 LCarroll@pressofac.com Twitter @ACPress_LC

Joined the Press in November 2016. Graduate of Quinnipiac University. Previously worked as a freelance reporter in suburban Philadelphia and news/talk radio producer.

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