Coca-Cola Announces Plans for $650M Fairlife Dairy Production Facility in Central New York 

by Katie Sloan

WEBSTER, N.Y. — The Coca-Cola Co. has announced plans to develop a $650 million production facility for its dairy brand Fairlife in the Central New York community of Webster, just west of Rochester. The 745,000-square-foot facility will source from local milk co-operatives to produce its line of dairy-based beverages before distributing them to retailers across the Northeast U.S. 

The company expects to break ground on the project this fall, subject to final approvals and due diligence, with the facility slated for operation by the fourth quarter of 2025. The development is expected to create up to 250 new jobs upon completion.

“This decision by Fairlife to expand their operations in Monroe County marks the next chapter in New York’s agricultural success story,” says New York Governor, Kathy Hochul. “New York’s dairy industry serves as a crucial economic engine for our state, and this $650 million investment from Fairlife will create jobs and drive economic impact, particularly in the Finger Lakes.”

Empire State Development will provide up to $21 million in assistance for the project through the performance-based Excelsior Jobs Tax Credit Program in exchange for job creation commitments. Monroe County is also expected to apply for a $20 million Capital Grant for the provision of power and other related infrastructure costs at the site. 

Fairlife launched in 2012 and has since exceeded $1 billion in annual retail sales. The Coca-Cola Co. acquired Fairlife in 2020. 

Katie Sloan 

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