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Duke Food Productions moving corporate headquarters to downtown Greenville

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Duke Food Productions, one of Greenville’s oldest companies and one of the top industrial food manufacturers of branded and private label brands, is moving its company headquarters in downtown Greenville, officials announced Tuesday.

The offices, which are currently under construction, will take up 12,000 square feet of space on the third and fourth floors of the new Falls Park Place building at 600 South Main Street.

Duke’s Research and Development team will have a new state of the art test kitchen in the new office center, which is slated to open in January of 2017.

Officials said the downtown location is a stone’s throw away from the site where the company got its start in 1917, when Eugenia Duke began selling sandwiches up and down Main Street to local drug stores, textile mills and World War I soldiers stationed at Camp Sevier.

Duke’s sandwiches were made with her family’s homemade mayonnaise recipe, which she sold to the CF Sauer company in 1229, but her sandwich business flourished and was taken over by the Smart family in 1964.

“The City of Greenville represents the beginning of our company’s rich history, one that includes an evolution from wholesale sandwich sales to the retail and manufacturing industries,” said Duke CEO

Andrew Smart. “We are proud to soon be one of the few, if not the only, corporate headquarters in our field downtown, and look forward to continuing our company’s legacy in Greenville over the next 100 years.”

Today, Duke brand includes Duke Sandwich Company, which offers two local retail sandwich locations, and Duke Food Productions, which officials said is one of the top private label food manufacturers in the southeast.

Duke Food Productions has an existing 80,000 square foot manufacturing plant in Easley that makes dips, salads, spreads, salsas, and fresh and frozen bakery products for grocery chains and restaurants nationwide. The company will has also acquired a new manufacturing plant in Bonham, Texas, which is set to open in 2017.

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