LifeLine Foods, a food solutions company headquartered in St. Joseph, Missouri, recently cut the ribbon on its new $12 million masa flour mill. The expansion allows LifeLine Foods to “aggressively compete” in the masa food category.
“LifeLine is positioned for extensive growth for the next five years,” said LifeLine Foods CEO Kevin Kell. “Looking at and leaning into key consumer market trends has helped shape our growth strategy. The capital investments we made in our specialty mill a year ago, which produces Non-GMO Project Verified and USDA-certified organic products, as well as our now completed masa mill expansion, are evidence of listening to what the market is telling us for growth.”
The expansion is expected to create 13 new jobs in the region. The 780,000-square-foot St. Joseph facility produces corn grits, corn meal, pre-gelatinized corn flour and masa. Masa is a corn flour used to make items such as tortillas, tamales and chips, and is a rapidly growing market.