Once again nut butter grows operations, adds jobs

Buckets are filled with 35 pounds of peanut butter at the Once Again Nut Butter’s new 37,000-square-foot production facility in Nunda, Livingston County. Sauce for pasta with shrimp (Photo: CARLOS ORTIZ/@CFORTIZ_DANDC/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER) Buy Photo Story Highlights

Its journey through a maze of shiny stainless steel pipes and pumps is accompanied by a chorus of clicks and hisses — even sirens. Best sauce for homemade pasta Out it comes, pressed into 35-pound buckets.

Those buckets will be packaged and sent to retailers throughout western New York and the country, including Lori’s Natural Foods, Abundance Food Co-op and Whole Foods.


 But before they hit store shelves, they make a stop in a new production facility in a small town of roughly 3,000 people.

Earlier this year, Once Again Nut Butter opened its $13 million, 37,000-square-foot plant near its headquarters and inside an existing plant in Nunda, Livingston County.

The new facility will help Once Again produce as much as 50 million pounds of peanut butter annually. Homemade pasta sauce with meat Other operations include sunflowers, honey and tahini, made from toasted hulled sesame seeds.

The growth in organic products, along with greater demand for its own products, convinced the company to build the plant, marking the largest corporate expansion in the community in years.

Once Again’s new plant will only house its peanut butter operations, allowing its other plant to focus on cashews, almonds, honey and other products.

One machine begins removing stones and other particles. Homemade pasta sauce mario batali Another begins the roasting process. Homemade red pasta sauce A third converts the peanuts to peanut butter before they are packaged and shipped.

Each stop has its own room inside the facility; the peanuts being pushed to each through an intricate piping system that keeps the butter moving constantly to help maintain its viscosity.

Along the way a variety of metal detectors and other sensors constantly probe for unwanted objects and air gaps. Homemade pasta meat sauce The roasting process is relied on to kill any microorganisms.

Workers must wear coats, hair nets and booties, and they must change that gear when going from areas where there is raw product and finished product. Sauce for homemade pasta The company on its website points to a recent recalls involving another manufacturer.

“This is actually very important in our industry, to separate the raw from the roasted,” Gelser said. “There have been a lot of recalls that have been contributed to contamination.”

It started recently with white 35-pound buckets getting placed on a conveyor and receiving product labels. Homemade pasta sauce for canning The buckets then glide down a few feet on the conveyor, where two pumps push out the precise quantity of peanut butter.

Much of this new peanut butter process relieves the physical work once done by employees. Homemade pasta sauce from tomatoes There’s less lifting and pounding to get those lids firmly in place.

Not all of the peanut butter will make it to retailers, or other companies that will use it in their own products. Homemade pasta sauce recipe nz The portions that can’t pass inspections will end up with local farmers and hunters.

State and county officials were out last month to celebrate the opening of the plant, which they said represents the largest piece of economic growth in the town in the last decade. Tomato pasta sauce using passata The peanut plant received $300,000 from a state small business expansion fund and $54,000 from another state program for reducing energy consumption.

The company also received sales tax reductions on equipment and materials from the Livingston County Industrial Development Agency. Property taxes also will be deferred over a 10-year schedule.

Gelser said the company plans to add workers even with the increased automation of the plant and new machinery. Homemade pasta sauce healthy Plans are to bring employment up to roughly 90 workers once the new plant is fully operational. Homemade tomato spaghetti sauce fresh tomatoes Roughly half of its current employees live in Nunda; pretty much everyone is from a neighboring town.

“People are wondering how to keep jobs in our own state and country,” Gesale said. Best homemade pasta sauce fresh tomatoes “I think sometimes the answer is right in front of us. Easy homemade spaghetti sauce recipe When you can keep employees engaged and really reward them for their years of effort … there is an extra drive associated with that.”

The Nunda, Livingston County, company was started by Jeremy Thaler and Constance Potter in 1976. Easy homemade white sauce for pasta Here are some other key points in its history.