Expanding Food Innovation Firm Now Located on Sous Vide Lane

Expanding Food Innovation Firm Now Located on Sous Vide Lane

When a company is making a 63,000-square-foot, $70 million expansion with plans to add 500 employees, local government officials are often quick to find ways to help that company’s efforts.

In February, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors approved a Commercial Business Incentive Fund package for $180,000 in the form of fee waivers and cash for the expansion of Cuisine Solutions’ Sterling facilities.

Monday morning (April 2), the county made another concession, unveiling a sign officially naming the company’s main entrance on Moran Drive “Sous Vide Lane.”

“We’re so incredibly proud to be working with Cuisine Solutions,” Broad Run Supervisor Ron A. Meyer said. “The large expansion here that creates so many new jobs. When we came in and met with them and tasted the food, they said that what they would really love to have Sous Vide Lane. We told them, you know what? We are going to get this done because of your incredible investment in Loudoun County.”

Cuisine Solutions is a provider of prepared gourmet entrées, sauces and other menu items for fast-casual and restaurant chains, hotels, airlines, retailers and food service providers around the world. Sous-vide — French for “under-vacuum” — is an innovative cooking technique in which food is vacuum-sealed and slow-cooked in water at constant low temperatures until it’s perfectly cooked through.

Cuisine Solutions has its world headquarters in Sterling. Cuisine Solutions opened its 56,500-square-foot, $30 million production facility on Moran Road in Sterling in March of 2013.

Employing about 80 people in Sterling when it opened, Cuisine Solutions has since hired more than 700 employees, including 500 new hires since the beginning of 2017 during the expansion of its 63,000-square-foot warehouse and manufacturing facility.

“I want to thank Loudoun County for giving us the opportunity to name this street after the technology that we use,” Cuisine Solutions Chairman and CEO Stanislas Vilgrain said. “We also want to thank Loudoun County for being so forward-looking. It’s a big investment for us and as Cuisine Solutions has grown drastically over the past few years, Loudoun County has been a big help.”

According to Vilgrain, the rapid growth of Cuisine Solutions has forced it to take a unique approach to building its workforce. The company operates its own fleet of 32 shuttle buses and spends more than $1 million a year getting its employees to and from work, from as far away as Maryland.

He said the company’s rapid expansion, as well as bringing a number of employees from its other facility in Alexandria, made transporting employees a necessity. The company anticipates that problem dissipating when the Metro Silver Line expansion reaches the stop planned about 300 yards from its headquarters.

Vilgrain even had a suggestion involving that Metro stop.

“How about we name it Sous Vide Station,” he said.

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