Finland-based food company Paulig has expanded its operations in Belgium with the opening of a new factory next to its existing facility in Roeselare. The new 10,000m2 plant will create 60 local jobs and will produce tortillas for the Santa Maria and Poco Loco brands, as well as for private labels. Paulig has invested $43.8m in the expansion, which will allow it to strengthen its European operations and enhance innovation capacities.

Rolf Ladau, chief executive officer of Paulig, commented in a company press release: “This €45m [$43.8m] investment facilitates future growth and strengthens our position as the market leader of the TexMex category in Europe. This category is growing rapidly in Europe and our new tortilla factory in Roeselare makes it possible for us to seize the opportunities that come with it. Our ambition is to double our European TexMex business and the new factory is key in making this possible. The factory also reinforces our innovation capabilities, enabling us to develop the category even further.”

The combined Roeselare sites are the largest workplace within the company, with more than 750 employees.