Fruit packing company to open branch in Front Royal

The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority announced Wednesday a Canadian frozen fruit company will be investing $1.8 million into Warren County, creating 25 new jobs.

Nature’s Touch Frozen Foods will move into a part of InterChange’s 48,000 square-foot facility, which borders the Virginia Inland Port. Currently, InterChange offers shuttle services, frozen, refrigerated and dry storage as well as other services to distributors operating at the Inland Port.

According to Jennifer McDonald, director of the EDA, Nature’s Touch will be operating a frozen foods packing operation at the facility.

“This is fruit packing, something entirely new for Warren County,” McDonald said. “We are always trying to recruit strong, viable companies and if it is a new industry that helps us diversify, that’s a plus. We already have food manufacturing and warehousing in the county.”

McDonald said InterChange was a key player in recruiting Nature’s Touch to Warren County.

“InterChange did a great job getting the company to come to Warren by working with them in not only freeing up space for their operation, but remodeling and adjusting the space for a packing operation,” McDonald said.

According to an EDA news release, Theo Prokos, director of Nature’s Touch Frozen Foods, said the choice to establish a packing operation near Front Royal was “easy.”

“The combination of close proximity to a sea port and easy access to major highways was tough to beat,” Prokos said.

Nature’s Touch was established in 2004 and grew to serve all major Canadian grocery chains. By 2009, the company established its first U.S. facility in Vermont and its move to the InterChange facility will be its first foray into Virginia. The packing operation is slated to open in January.

Contact staff writer Henry Culvyhouse at 540-465-5137 ext. 184, or hculvyhouse@nvdaily.com