The Loudoun County Department of Economic Development and Sterling-based Cuisine Solutions gathered Monday, April 2 to celebrate innovation, success—and a new road sign.
Loudoun County has named the private driveway leading to Sterling-based Cuisine Solutions “Sous Vide Lane,” said to be the only so-named road in the world. The company hosted a press conference, demonstration, and tasting to celebrate.
In February, the company announced it would add 63,000 square feet of space, nearly $70 million in equipment, technology and construction to its home in Loudoun. The expansion is also expected to create anywhere from 200 to 500 full-time jobs.
According to Cuisine Solutions Senior Marketing Specialist Gabriella Pool, the company’s facility in Sterling already employs nearly 1,000 people. Many of those will be hired up from part-time to full-time positions with the company’s expansion, which the company plans to have done by May. Those jobs will span the company, from working the corporate office to the production line.
“The likelihood is, most people in Loudoun probably already have tried their products and probably don’t even know, because some of the biggest food sellers in the world use Cuisine Solutions’ products, and it’s made right here in Loudoun,” said Supervisor Ron A. Meyer Jr. (R-Broad Run), whose district includes the facility. “We’re talking about going from 80 employees just a few years ago, now to being more than 700 employees at the Loudoun location. That sort of investment means a lot to us, and it’ll mean a lot to folks who are looking for economic opportunity in our county.”
The company has landed a $180,000 incentive package from the county in the form of $25,000 of fees waived and the remaining $155,000 in cash. Per county policy, it is expected to make a 100 percent return on investment within three years. Loudoun competed with the company’s offices in Alexandria for the new warehouse and manufacturing facility.
Cuisine Solutions Chief Scientist Bruno Goussault pioneered the modern sous-vide cooking technique, in which food is vacuum-sealed in a plastic pouch or glass jar and suspended in a warm water bath to cook to a very precise temperature with no moisture loss. It’s used in restaurants worldwide and becoming more popular in home cooking.
Cuisine Solutions provides meals to the military, fast-casual restaurants, cruise ships, airlines, and at prestigious resorts. It also offers a line of products to home cooks.
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