FGP Holding, Mobile, Ala., the company behind Frios Gourmet Pops and FGP Manufacturing, which includes the production of private brand frozen novelty products, is underway on a major expansion.
Frios Gourmet Pops began in a garage in Gadsden, Ala., in 2015, growing to become a franchise, branded treats company, with a fleet of trucks bringing the frozen novelties out to consumers. In 2018, Cliff Kennedy, a Mobile native, purchased the company and is now helping to shepherd an expansion from a 30,000-square-foot facility in Mobile to 130,000 square feet.
The facility expansion is part of a $20 million capital investment that will help create approximately 200 full-time jobs over the next three years.
Kennedy told Store Brands in an interview that the company is building out a state-of-the-art facility that will fill the capacity void the frozen novelty private label and co-manufacturing industry face.
"With a capacity of over 500 million units between stick, sandwich and cone products, FGP is well-positioned in the Southeast to bring transformative growth to our industry, and we are excited about the relationships we are building with retailers and CPG brands and filling their capacity needs," he told Store Brands. "This expansion solves a massive capacity shortage that CPG brands and national retailers have for their frozen novelties. The frozen novelty category will outpace ice cream soon, and the limiting factor to their growth is the availability of capacity to produce more. We will be able to fill their capacity needs with our investment and expansion."