Upstate Niagara completes acquisition of former Alpina Foods plant

Apr 17, 2019

Credit Upstate Niagara / WBFO

Upstate Niagara Cooperative says that it has  completed the acquisition of the former Alpina Foods located at the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park in Batavia.

The Western NY-based dairy cooperative announced on Wednesday that it had signed a purchase agreement in late February to buy the facility from Climb Your Mountain Inc.

“We’re very excited to have finalized our purchase of this manufacturing plant in Batavia,” said Larry Webster, CEO of Upstate Niagara Cooperative.  “As a dairy cooperative owned by farm families throughout the region, this acquisition is located central to our member milk supply.  This production ready facility is only a few years old and represents an investment by our member owners towards continued and long-term growth for our cooperative. We look forward to adding manufacturing jobs within the Genesee County community while offering additional products and manufacturing capabilities to our customers.”

Exact plans regarding when the plant will re-open and what products will be manufactured at the facility have not been announced yet.

The Upstate Niagara Cooperative says that it is continuing to work with Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) on this project.

Steve Hyde, President and CEO of the GCEDC, said that the agency  “is pleased that the Upstate Niagara Cooperative is strengthening their investment into producing excellent products and great careers at the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park.”

The Alpina Foods plant closed in January due to the loss of a co-packaging agreement.