Seal of the Governor
For Immediate Release: April 9, 2024
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Governor Glenn Youngkin Announces HP Hood to Invest Over $83.5 Million in Frederick County

Company to make technology upgrades and expand milk processing facility 

RICHMOND, VA –  Governor Glenn Youngkin announced today that HP Hood LLC, will invest more than $83.5 million to expand its dairy processing operations in Frederick County. The expansion project includes upgrades to production and packaging equipment and construction of additional cooler and warehouse space. The project will enable the company to further grow its business while continuing to provide a local market for Virginia dairy farms through its milk cooperative network which includes the Dairy Farmers of America and the Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association. 

“I commend HP Hood for their continued investment in Frederick County and in Virginia’s dairy industry, the state’s fourth largest sector in the agriculture industry,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin. “Supporting companies like HP Hood is vitally important to Virginia’s dairy producers and spurs economic development in this area of the Commonwealth.” 

“I am pleased that the Commonwealth will continue its partnership with Frederick County and HP Hood to increase market opportunities for Virginia dairy producers. This announcement is certainly a win-win for Frederick County, the state’s dairy producers and Virginia agriculture,” said Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Matthew Lohr. 

Hood’s Winchester facility, which was constructed in 2000, employs more than 600 people and processes extended-shelf-life fluid milk and nondairy products for Hood’s own brands, private label partners, licensed brands and co-packing partners. The facility expansion will provide increased production capacity that is critical to the company’s operations and fund technology that will enable Hood to produce new products in response to growing customer demand.

“We proudly selected this location to build a greenfield plant more than 24 years ago and have been grateful for the ongoing support of Frederick County and the Commonwealth of Virginia,” said Gary Kaneb, President and CEO of HP Hood. “This expansion enables us to continue to grow Hood’s business and accommodate the everchanging needs of our customers and continue to provide a market for local dairy farms through our local milk cooperative network.”

“HP Hood has played a vital role in Frederick County's food manufacturing sector for more than 20 years, providing employment opportunities and contributing to our economic growth,” said Josh Ludwig, Chairman of the Frederick County Board of Supervisors. “We are grateful for their continued investment and confidence in our community.”

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) worked with Frederick County and the Frederick County Economic Development Authority to secure the project for Virginia. Governor Youngkin approved a $50,000 Infrastructure Grant from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund, which Frederick County will match with local funds.

“As a lifelong dairy farmer in the Shenandoah Valley, I’m excited to see this level of investment in dairy processing in the Commonwealth. I welcome HP Hood’s investment in the community and look forward to growing Virginia’s dairy supply to meet their needs,” said Senator Timmy French.

“I congratulate HP Hood for their continued investment in Frederick County. This expansion will bring new jobs to our community and promotes the company’s support of farmers in Northern Shenandoah Valley,” said Delegate Bill Wiley.

Founded in 1846 in Charlestown, Massachusetts as a milk delivery service, HP Hood is a nationally branded dairy processor with more than 3,000 employees and annual sales revenues of approx. $3.5 billion. The company manufactures conventional, extended-shelf life (ESL) and shelf stable dairy and non-dairy beverages cultured products, as well as ice cream and frozen desserts. The company’s broad portfolio of retail consumer product brands include Hood, Heluva Good!, Lactaid, Blue Diamond Almond Breeze, and Planet Oat, to name a few. In addition to selling its products through traditional retail and wholesale channels, the company also manufactures private-label products and provides co-packing services.

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