Whole Foods, Theo Muller to Create Food Jobs in New York

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced an agreement between PepsiCo and Germany-based manufacturer Theo Muller that will create more than 100 new jobs at a new yogurt manufacturing plant in Batavia. The news came as Whole Foods market is looking to build a new supermarket in Brooklyn.

In making the announcement, Cuomo said the joint venture between PepsiCo and Muller, called Wave Holdings LLC, will invest more than $200 million into Western New York’s local economy and bring 186 new jobs to the region.

“If I could use a word beyond ecstatic, I think that’s really what we in our community are about, having a company like Wave Holdings come to Genesee County,” Steve Hyde, President and CEO of the Genesee County Economic Development Center, told the Rochester Homepage.

Construction of the new plant is expected to take two years.

Meanwhile in Brooklyn, officials of grocery giant Whole Foods Market are awaiting a vote on its proposed store at Third Street and Third Avenue, near the Gowanus Canal superfund site, which the chain bought eight years ago, The New York Times reports.

If approved, Whole Foods said the new store could create as many as 950 jobs.