Hummus-Maker to Expand Va. Plant, Double Production Capacity

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Hummus maker Sabra Dipping Co. is expanding its Virginia operations and is naming a new CEO.

The company said Monday that it plans to open the expanded facility in Chesterfield County next month, doubling its production capacity and creating 70 jobs in 2015. It also named Shali Shalit-Shoval as its new CEO.

In mid-2010, Sabra first opened its factory that makes 4,000 tons of hummus monthly. Hummus is a combination of pureed chickpeas and spices.

With the latest expansion, the company has invested more than $155 million in its Virginia operations and employs more than 500 people at the factory and a research and development facility that opened last year.

New York-based Sabra is a U.S. and Canadian joint venture between Strauss Group and PepsiCo Inc.