ConAgra Foods is outfitting a 22,500-square-foot industrial building in La Vista for product research.
The Omaha-based packaged food manufacturer wouldn’t offer details about what type of products would be developed there.
“The only information I can offer at this time is that it will be an R&D facility for testing new products and prototypes,” spokeswoman Lanie Friedman said.
The facility is in an industrial area at 8877 S. 137th Circle. A city building permit said the project involves $500,000 in construction costs.
Architectural plans show office space, a warehouse, a laboratory containing microwaves and testing equipment, and a production area that includes a “raw” room and a “finish” room connected by a conveyor belt.
ConAgra is leasing the building from Lavigne Enterprises. A Lavigne employee said the building had been empty for several years.
ConAgra has been increasing its research and development budget in recent years, spending $93.1 million in its 2013 fiscal year, up from $81.4 million two years earlier.
The firm told Food Processing magazine in 2013 that its core R&D operations are at its downtown Omaha headquarters, and that some R&D activities take place in suburban Chicago and in St. Louis, home to private-label food manufacturer Ralcorp, which ConAgra acquired in 2013. ConAgra’s Lamb Weston potato business has a research facility in Richland, Wash.