BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – 100 new, direct paying jobs are coming to Baton Rouge.

Focus Foods “announced a $1.7 million expansion and relocation from its Celtic Studios base of operations to a larger site in Baton Rouge,” according to the Office of the Governor.

These new, direct jobs will bring benefits and an average annual salary of $45,000.

The Office of the Governor stated that Focus Foods “provides 30,000 meals for K-12 students across seven parish school districts each week through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Child & Adult Care Feeding Program.”

So what did the state use to entice the expansion of Focus Foods?

The incentive package from Louisiana includes:

  • The services of LED FastStart
  • Participation in the state’s Quality Jobs and Industrial Tax Exemption programs
  • A $100,000 award from the state’s Economic Development Award Program

“This expansion of our infrastructure will allow us to broaden the positive impact that our company has on food insecurity needs for Louisiana’s children and elderly,” Focus Foods Chief Marketing Officer Ned Fasullo said.

Along with the 100 direct new jobs, an estimated 220 indirect jobs are expected to come to the area because of this expansion.

Gov. Edwards says, “Focus Foods did exactly that when the pandemic created an urgent need for food “In the face of challenges, Louisiana entrepreneurs put forth innovations that drive solutions,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said. “Focus Foods did exactly that when the pandemic created an urgent need for food options for students and other customers. This expansion demonstrates the importance of Louisiana’s support for small business owners, whose entrepreneurial spirit can spur investment, drive job creation and strengthen communities.”