Things may have curdled at Knudsen, but dairy-products rival Carnation Co. is on a roll.
The Los Angeles-based company, a unit of Nestle, the giant Swiss food conglomerate, on Friday announced plans to build a $67-million ice cream plant in Bakersfield scheduled to open in 1988. The company said it will be the largest ice cream plant in North America.
The 200,000-square-foot facility, to be the Carnation dairies division's 11th plant, will create about 250 jobs and produce 23.5 million gallons of ice cream and ice cream novelty products a year. Another Carnation plant with 80 employees in Bakersfield produces cottage cheese, sour cream and other dairy foods.
The new plant responds to bright prospects in the U.S. ice cream market. In a statement, Carnation President and Chief Executive Timm F. Crull said the market is expected to grow 15% to $9 billion by 1990.
A company spokesman said: "There is absolutely no relationship between the new plant and the financial difficulties that Knudsen is having."