Yesterday, global specialty-minerals company ICL reconfirmed its commitment to the St. Louis region as its U.S. headquarters with the opening of its latest production facility in South St. Louis City. At full capacity, the new, 10,000-square-foot plant will produce more than 15 million pounds of plant-based meat substitute. The Tel Aviv-based company’s $18 million investment will expand both its global Food Specialties portfolio and its focus on developing healthier and more sustainable food products.
“This is an exceptional investment in our region’s growing food and agtech sector, and it highlights our increasing strength innovating to shape the future of the industry, including plant-based proteins,” said Jason Hall, CEO of Greater St. Louis, Inc. “With this investment and expansion in St. Louis from a global firm, ICL is demonstrating continued confidence in the St. Louis metro and showing why we are the strategic location of choice for innovators defining the next chapter of food and agriculture.”
ICL employs nearly 800 people in the U.S., more than 300 of whom work in the St. Louis region at the company’s corporate offices in Creve Coeur, its research and innovation hub in Webster Groves, and its production campus in Carondelet.
“Our latest alternative-protein facility represents an important investment in our Food Specialties business as well as an investment in the St. Louis region,” said Phil Brown, managing director of the Americas and SVP of global sales and marketing for ICL. “St. Louis has been an ideal place for our business and for the more than 300 ICL employees who call the region home. We are proud to be part of the St. Louis business community, and we look forward to bringing more business and innovation to this great city and state.”
Inclusive regional growth requires the innovative leadership and long-term commitment shown by ICL. Greater St. Louis, Inc. applauds the company for its continued focus on food innovation and sustainability, which complement our established agtech sector and will undoubtedly contribute to the future success of the company and the region.