Busseto Foods plans new plant in Fresno
Screenshot of the Busseto Foods plant at 995 W. Church Ave. through Google Maps.
Written by John Lindt
Italian meat company Busseto Foods has filed plans for a new 477,000 square foot food processing and distribution facility for its iconic line of cured meats. The project, on 18.90 acres, is located at the southeast corner of South West and West Church Avenues in Fresno.
The development would require a general plan change and rezoning to allow for industrial uses. The mostly vacant property is now zoned for residential. Area residents objected to rezoning for other projects following the passage of Fresno’s specific southwest plan.
The approvals would allow Busseto Foods, Inc. to consolidate all Fresno-based facilities and operations under one roof. The majority of operations, including processing, warehousing and distribution activities, are located on the ground floor, while administrative activities are located on the second floor.
Approximately 160 employees are expected to work at the facility, including 20 to 50 temporary/part-time seasonal employees who are expected to work from September to December.
Products produced at the plant will include four types of cured meat: salami, pancetta, coppa and prosciutto. The facility will include a large kitchen, refrigeration and freezing coolers; seasoning, storage, washing, cleaning, unpacking and packing rooms, as well as loading and unloading docks. Almost half of the building will be a giant drying room for prosciutto.
The production of these items involves an odor-free process consisting of fermentation and drying in controlled atmosphere rooms. No slaughtering or butchering of meat takes place in the establishment. Almost all meat arrives frozen from other places. The facility is expected to produce 500,000 to 600,000 pounds of jerky per week. No retail store is planned.
Busseto Foods is currently located at 1351 N. Crystal Ave. with two other locations. The company’s sales were estimated at around $60 million.
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