Gov. Beshear: Bosch Berries To Locate New Agri-Business in Pulaski County With $49.5 Million Investment Creating 28 Full-Time Jobs

Project will be company’s first operation in the United States


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 12, 2024) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear announced exciting momentum within the state’s agritech sector as Bosch Berries, an international grower and distributor of bell peppers, blackberries and strawberries, will be locating a new greenhouse operation in Somerset, investing nearly $50 million and creating 28 full-time Kentucky jobs.

“The growth within Kentucky’s agritech industry has played a key role in the state’s continued economic momentum and prosperity,” Gov. Beshear said. “Bosch Berries’ plan to locate its first location in the United States right here in the commonwealth speaks volumes about what our state has to offer. This is an incredible investment for southcentral Kentucky and the Pulaski County community, and I look forward to a long, successful partnership.”

Bosch Berries has acquired the previously established AppHarvest facility in Somerset to locate the company’s first greenhouse operation in the United States. The existing greenhouse infrastructure will allow the company to enhance the growing environment to maximize production capacity, implement new technologies to optimize growing efficiencies, reduce waste and gain access to the U.S. market. The existing greenhouse, which has been operational since November 2022, is over 30 acres and capable of growing approximately 1 million strawberry plants at a time. This strategic initiative by Bosch Berries aligns with the company’s continued commitment to sustainable agriculture and economic growth and will serve as a steppingstone for future Bosch Berries’ greenhouse operations in the United States.

“We are thrilled with the acquisition of the Somerset facility and to become a part of the Somerset community,” said Tijmen and Wouter van den Bosch, co-directors of Bosch Berries. “With some technical changes we have planned for this summer and introducing the best practices we have built through 90 years of greenhouse experience; we will make it one of the most successful greenhouses of its kind. We want to thank all employees and partners who share our belief in better berries, which are tasty, fresh, clean, sustainable and always available. Somerset deserves better berries; Kentucky deserves better berries, and the United States deserves better berries. Be on the lookout in your local grocery store for hydroponically grown strawberries.”

Based out of the Netherlands, Bosch Berries is a sixth generation family farm operation founded in 1854 that specializes in growing and distributing bell peppers, blackberries and strawberries. The company has been involved with greenhouse cultivation since the 1930s and in 2017, ventured into greenhouse berry production, focusing on the production of delicious, year-round blackberries. Today, the company operates two greenhouses and looks forward to entering the U.S. market and growing the North American berry industry.

Pulaski County Judge/Executive Marshall Todd is excited to see a company like Bosch Berries locate in the community: “When life hands you berries, you make the best of the situation. And in the case of Bosch Berries, Pulaski County welcomes them and is very appreciative of their willingness to acquire the property formerly known as AppHarvest. We hope that they will prosper in their new home and grow not only locally sourced products, but also community relationships we can cultivate for generations to come.”

Somerset Mayor Alan Keck expressed his excitement for Bosch Berries bringing their operation to Pulaski County: “Our community is excited and appreciative of Bosch Berries for their commitment to the Somerset facility. I firmly believe they will execute on the promise that fresh produce will be grown using state of the art technology for decades to come.”

Chris Girdler, president and CEO of the Somerset-Pulaski County Economic Development Authority, looks forward to the company’s future success in the community: “We, as a community, are very excited about the Bosch Berries acquisition of the Somerset facility. They bring to bear many decades of farming experience, and we are grateful for their investment in the Capital of Lake Cumberland. It has been a privilege to work with Tijmen and Wouter van den Bosch, and the future is very bright for everyone involved.”

Bosch Berries’ investment and job creation build on the best four-year period for economic growth in state history.

Since the beginning of his administration, Gov. Beshear has announced more than 1,000 private-sector new-location and expansion projects totaling over $30 billion in announced investments, creating more than 51,800 jobs. This is the highest investment figure secured during the tenure of any governor in the commonwealth’s history.

The robust job creation has been accompanied by rising wages across the commonwealth. The average incentivized hourly wage in 2022 and 2023 topped $26 in consecutive years for the first time.

Gov. Beshear has announced some of the largest economic development projects in state history, which have solidified Kentucky as the electric vehicle battery production capital of the United States: Ford Motor Co. and SK On’s transformative $5.8 billion, 5,000-job BlueOval SK Battery Park in Hardin County; AESC’s $2 billion, 2,000-job gigafactory project in Warren County; Toyota’s $1.3 billion investment in Scott County; and INFAC North America’s $53 million investment in Taylor County, among others.

The Governor’s administration also secured the largest General Fund budget surplus and Rainy Day Fund, as well as the most jobs filled in state history. Last year, Kentucky set the record for the longest period with the lowest unemployment rates in state history.

Kentucky also secured rating increases from major credit rating agencies Fitch Ratings and S&P Global Ratings, and Moody’s Investors Service upgraded Kentucky’s credit outlook from stable to positive.

Site Selection magazine placed Kentucky first in the South Central region and top 5 nationally in its 2023 Prosperity Cup ranking, which recognizes state-level economic development agencies for their success in landing capital investment projects.

Gov. Beshear announced a “Supply Kentucky” initiative with the goal of boosting job growth, reducing costs and providing more security in the supply chains of our Kentucky companies.

To encourage investment and job growth in the community, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority in October 2023 preliminarily approved an incentive agreement with the company under the Kentucky Business Investment program.

By meeting its annual targets over the agreement term, the company can be eligible to keep a portion of the new tax revenue it generates. The company may claim eligible incentives against its income tax liability and/or wage assessments.

In addition, Bosch Berries can receive resources from Kentucky’s workforce service providers. Those include no-cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced-cost customized training and job-training incentives.

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