Growing frozen foods manufacturer adding advanced automation
The Round Rock Chamber announced today that Round Rock-based Michael Angelo’s Gourmet Foods will invest $11 million in real and personal property over the next three years to upgrade their current facility in Round Rock. Michael Angelo’s is a leading producer of premium frozen meals inspired by Italian traditions. Sovos Brands purchased Round Rock-based Michael Angelo’s in 2017. The company has had operations in Round Rock since 1993.
Sovos Brands, based in Berkeley, CA, focuses on high-quality food brands in on-trend categories with the potential to accelerate growth by investing in distribution, marketing, production, and product innovation. The company has also acquired Rao’s Homemade and noosa yoghurt.
“We are thrilled to have worked with the Chamber and to be entering into this agreement with the City of Round Rock. This partnership will enhance our plans to build the Michael Angelo’s brand through significant investments in upgrading the facility and equipment as well as continued investment in our people,” said Kirk Jensen, Chief Supply Chain Officer of Sovos Brands.
Michael Angelo’s operates out of 130,000 square feet at their facility on Michael Angelo Way. A large part of the capital investment will focus on streamlining operations with automated equipment, adding skilled positions, and the addition of cold storage, which is currently in short supply and high demand.
Michael Angelo’s currently employs about 300 in Round Rock with plans to create an additional eighteen full-time employees within three years of upgrading their facility.
”The Chamber congratulates Michael Angelo’s on this major investment and thanks them for their continued presence in Round Rock,” said Jason Ball, the Chamber’s president and CEO. “This investment in automation will keep Michael Angelo’s competitive through increased production and facilitate the creation of more jobs. A great win for our community.”
Michael Angelo’s was founded in San Diego in 1983 by Michael Angelo Renna and his mother, Sara. Ten years after its founding, the company moved to Central Texas to make national distribution more feasible. The company has grown dramatically over the past thirty-six years, generating more than $100 million in revenue.