USA – Walmart, the global retail giant, has unveiled plans to expand its dairy processing capabilities with the construction of a state-of-the-art milk processing facility in Robinson, Texas.

Valued at US$350 million, the facility is anticipated to commence operations in 2026, serving approximately 750 Walmart stores in the region and contributing to the company’s ongoing vertical integration strategy.

According to the giant, the facility will primarily source milk products from local Texas dairy farmers, supporting the regional agricultural community. The operation is expected to generate nearly 400 jobs in Robinson, adjacent to Waco, Texas.

“We’re excited to be able to provide Texas and its surrounding states with high-quality milk sourced primarily from Texas dairy farmers,” Bruce Heckman, Vice President of Manufacturing at Walmart, said.

This new facility continues our commitment to building a more resilient and transparent supply chain and ensuring our customers’ needs are met for this everyday staple.”

Additionally, he highlighted that the investment marks Walmart’s third venture into dairy processing, following the successful launch of facilities in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 2018, and the upcoming Valdosta, Georgia, facility slated to open next year.

The Robinson facility is strategically located to cater to over 750 Walmart and Sam’s Club stores in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and parts of Arkansas and Mississippi.

It will produce a diverse range of fluid milk products under Walmart’s trusted brands, meeting the growing demand for high-quality milk in the region.

Walmart aims to provide customers with transparency regarding the sourcing of its dairy products while fortifying the resilience of its supply chain.

World-renowned companies like Walmart continue to choose Texas because of our unmatched business climate, lower business operating costs, and highly skilled, diverse and growing workforce,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott commended.

“This major investment is a testament to the promise of economic success in Texas, and I thank Walmart for choosing McLennan County as the location for its important new facility.”

In addition to its strides in dairy processing, Walmart has recently ventured into the beef industry with the opening of its first case-ready beef facility in Thomasville, Georgia, and the announcement of a second beef facility in Olathe, Kansas, last summer.

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