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Wilde Brands plans keto-friendly snack chips plant in Clark Co.; $9 million facility to bring 50 full-time jobs

Gov. Andy Beshear and executives from Wilde Brands Inc., a producer of high-protein, keto-diet-friendly snack chips made from all-natural chicken breast, today announced plans for a $9.78 million, 50-job production and distribution facility in Clark County.

To create a healthier alternative to potato chips, Wilde Brands developed a proprietary production process using custom-engineered manufacturing equipment to produce the first mass-market animal protein chips. The current lineup of Wilde Brands’ chicken chips includes Buffalo, Nashville Hot, Chicken & Waffles, Himalayan Pink Salt, Sea Salt & Vinegar and Jalapeño.

“In Kentucky, we are focused on rebuilding our economy and positioning it to create stronger, more prosperous communities. Wilde Brands – as the latest, rapidly growing addition to the commonwealth’s expansive food and beverage industry – represents a welcome part of that effort,” Gov. Beshear said. “In addition to creating meaningful employment in Central Kentucky, Wilde Brands will help ensure we continue to diversify and innovate within the industry. I’d like to thank Jason Wright, Wilde Brands’ CEO, and his team for selecting Kentucky and achieving their timeline, despite the challenges posed by COVID-19. I look forward to the growth and success of their Kentucky facility.”

Wilde Brands will operate in an existing 50,000-square-foot facility on Tierney Way in Winchester. The new location will allow the company to increase production volume, expand U.S. sales and meet growing customer demand. Renovations are ongoing and the plant is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Wright noted the new location also provides an opportunity for additional research and development to expand Wilde Brands’ product range, starting with a first-to-market pork chip. That new line is scheduled to launch on the company’s website in December and hit store shelves by January 2021.

Wright said the company is thrilled to move its operations to Winchester and thanked those involved, including the building’s owners, Ron and Patrick Tierney.

“My team, led by Philippe Barnoud, scouted many locations throughout Kentucky, ranging from the Jackson Purchase to inner Bluegrass, and in the end, the decision was easy. Nothing compared to the warm welcome Ron and Patrick Tierney showed me and my team,” Wright said. “From our first meeting, the Tierneys felt like part of the Wilde team and they continue to go above and beyond to help Wilde construct a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Winchester. Without Ron and Patrick’s support, it would be difficult to achieve our timeline of opening this new facility by November. I also want to thank Gov. Beshear, the City of Winchester and the Commonwealth of Kentucky for all of their support.”

For more information on Wilde Brands, visit www.WildeBrands.com.

From Governor’s Office

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