September 25-- This week marks the 10th anniversary of the Chicken of the Sea facility in Lyons, GA. The plant opened in 2009 after operations at their American Samoa plant was closed to make the move to Lyons. On Monday they had a celebration to commemorate the event.
Lyons General Manager Greg Riekhof is excited about how far the facility has come. “This facility was placed in Lyons, Georgia largely due to the port of Savannah and Brunswick being such a good source for the frozen tuna loins that we receive in and then we can that tuna. We only produce canned tuna in this facility and we have seen large growth over time,” said Riekhof.
Riekhof added, “For the next ten years, I think that people want a healthy protein in their diet. Tuna provides that at a reasonable cost and packs a lot of protein in. It tastes good. It’s good for you. I think people are becoming more aware that canned tuna is not just the everyday chunk light water that you may make chicken salad out of but we also make a while albacore product that goes good with salad and pasta.”
“Technology does play a big part of it. If you consumer wants a pouch or a plastic cup, consumers like that convenience,” he added. During the ceremony Chicken of the Sea made a donation of $10,000 to Mercy Ministries who just celebrated their 10th anniversary last week.