(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) March 7, 2019 – Souto Foods, a wholesale distributor of authentic Hispanic food items, joined Partnership Gwinnett to announce the expansion of its operations in Gwinnett County, metro Atlanta, Georgia.

Souto Food’s 52,000 SF facility, located at 1925 N Norcross Tucker Rd. in the Gateway 85 Community Improvement District (CID), includes office space, as well as a new larger warehouse. The new location will allow Souto Foods to be more effective in the market and increase their product offerings.

“We have made a substantial investment in the purchase of the building and upgrades necessary to support our growth,” said Sebastian Souto, President of Souto Foods. “With this facility we are able to not only work more efficiently, but also increase our offerings to our customers representing a real Hispanic solution.”

Souto Foods plans to increase their headcount from 35 employees to over 100 employees over the next three years. The Company is also planning to significantly increase their product and service offerings.

“Manufacturing and distribution are two of the most robust industries in Gwinnett,” said Gwinnett County Commission Chair Charlotte Nash. “Souto Foods will find the workforce, connectivity, and support they need to thrive here.”

Souto Foods offers extensive selection of products from Latin America and Caribbean countries, as well as other countries across the globe. The company services customers in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, and Tennessee.

“Gateway85 CID is excited to welcome Souto Foods to our district, as it will bring more than 100 new jobs for people in our community.” Said Marsha Anderson Bomar, Executive Director of the Gateway 85 CID.  “We look forward to building a mutually beneficial relationship as we work to make this the best place to live, work, and play.”

Souto Foods is a leader in the industry and was recognized on the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America list for three consecutive years from 2015 to 2017.

“We are pleased to have Souto Foods join our strong network of distribution companies in Gwinnett,” said Partnership Gwinnett Sr. Project Manager Deven Cason. “Gwinnett has an advanced infrastructure network and a talented workforce that make it the ideal location for companies like Souto Foods.”

Alex Lee, Inc. is the parent company of Souto Foods, LLC and is headquartered in Hickory North Carolina.

To learn more about Souto Foods, please visit www.soutofoods.com.

For more information, or to learn how to get involved in local economic development efforts, please visit www.partnershipgwinnett.com.

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About Souto Foods, LLC
Established in 2010 in Atlanta, GA, Souto Foods is a privately held distributor of authentic Hispanic foods.  The company offers an extensive selection of products from Latin American and Caribbean countries as well as other countries around the globe. Souto Foods supplies customers in GA, NC, SC, AL and TN.  Souto Foods, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alex Lee, Inc.  The company focuses on customer satisfaction by offering high quality products and building friendly and professional relationships.  To learn more, please visit soutofoods.com.

About Alex Lee, Inc.
Founded in 1931, Alex Lee is a family-owned and operated company that employs approximately 10,000 people. It serves as the parent company of Merchants Distributors, LLC, which provides full-service, wholesale distribution to supermarkets. Alex Lee is also, the parent company of Lowes Foods, which includes 85 full-service grocery stores in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, as well as Just Save food stores in North Carolina. In addition, Alex Lee, Inc. is the parent company of Souto Foods, LLC, a distributor of authentic Hispanic foods.  Alex Lee, Inc. is based in Hickory, NC. For more information, please visit alexlee.com.

About Partnership Gwinnett
Partnership Gwinnett is a public-private initiative dedicated to bringing new jobs and capital investment to Gwinnett County, Georgia. Since 2006, Partnership Gwinnett has worked with its local partners to attract and retain jobs, cultivate capital investment, support educational institutions, foster workforce development and contribute to the exceptional quality of life found in Gwinnett. Fueled by the support of over one hundred companies, municipalities, Gwinnett County, K-12 and higher education systems, the mission of Partnership Gwinnett is to strengthen the community’s diverse economy to compete in the global marketplace and position Gwinnett as the premiere place to live, work and play.

Media Contact
Haley Tolbert | htolbert@partnershipgwinnett.com | 770.232.1174