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Janny MT US Joins MI Food Innovation District

French company expands to Michigan with assistance from LEAP 

LANSING, Mich. – Janny MT and JMT US have joined the MI Food Innovation District thanks to assistance from the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP).

JMT US, a branch of French-based company Janny MT, has launched its Michigan based US operations in conjunction with acceleration services from the MI Food Innovation District (MI FID). Janny MT provides a storage solution to fruit and vegetable growers that greatly extends the shelf life of produce.

“The MI FID is committed to promoting food innovation in the greater Lansing area and the JMT storage module embodies this mission. We are continuing to assist in their development of a successful Michigan-based business,” said Dr. David Spencer, co-managing director of MI Food Innovation District.

By using cold room storage and controlling the oxygen and carbon dioxide within the Janny MT bin, fresh produce quality is maintained for a much longer period of time, reducing spoilage and waste of unsold products. The bin also can be used in a variety of applications including fruits, vegetables, nuts, and flowers.

The Okemos-based MI FID helps growth-stage food, beverage, and agribusiness companies take their business to the next level. In the case of Janny MT, the next level was expansion into the Michigan market.

“We wanted to develop our business in Michigan due to the large volume of agriculture production. JMT works directly with growers to increase the value of their crop by extended storage time. Thanks to LEAP and MI FID, we were able to make our expansion a reality,” said Benoit Janny, Janny MT general manager.

LEAP was involved in attracting Janny MT to the Lansing area, locating initial office space in East Lansing while introducing the Food Innovation District, and in connecting to web development, insurance and logistics support providers.

“LEAP is pleased to have assisted JMT US in finding a great new home in the Lansing area, while helping them become immersed in the deep knowledge and infrastructure our area offers food-related companies,” said Bob Trezise, president & CEO of LEAP. “With the leadership behind MI FID, coupled with Michigan State University’s Food Processing Innovation Center coming online very soon, we expect the district to be busting at the seams with food technology and processing operations by 2020.”

LEAP is the Lansing region’s economic development agency, working to attract new businesses, help existing businesses grow, and foster startup companies, while revitalizing communities throughout Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties.

“This kind of economic growth in the greater Lansing area is the primary focus of the MI Food Innovation District. We are very excited about Janny MT choosing Mid-Michigan as their new US operations headquarters and look forward to working with them during their successful future growth and development,” said Brent Forsberg, co-managing director of MI FID and president of T.A. Forsberg, Inc.

For more information, visit purelansing.com or mifoodinnovationdistrict.com.

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About LEAP

The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) is a coalition of area leaders partnering to build a stronger community for all—working every day to grow, retain and attract business.