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European company establishes first American site in Central Valley
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The United Kingdom based company Botanics & Organics, Inc. will lay roots for its first American venture in the Central Valley through a partnership between the Stanislaus Business Alliance and the City of Modesto.

“We have a catalogue of around 3,000 core products and over the next five years we anticipate creating upwards of 100 jobs ranging from administrative and marketing roles through to production and warehousing jobs,” said Botanics & Organics, Inc CEO Jem Skelding.

By settling in downtown Modesto the company intends to set up production and distribution facilities in order to establish relationships with natural product producers, specifically for grape seed and almond oil. The company plans to be moved into the downtown Modesto office by the end of the month as well as to begin interviewing staff in November.

According to Stanislaus County Supervisor Jim DeMartini the presence of the local food processing industry was significant in attracting Botanics & Organics, Inc. to the Stanislaus County as the company was previously considering locations in Michigan and Texas. Botanics & Organics, Inc. will be the U.S. sister company to Naissance in Europe, a manufacturer and retailer of natural and organic health and beauty products. The decision to establish its American business in Modesto means that the Central Valley will not only be the manufacturing and distribution base for Botanics & Organics, Inc. American presence but also that the company will employee local residents.

“Economic development staff from the City were tireless in responding to the company’s needs and were instrumental in making this happen,” said Steven Ames, chief business development officer with the Stanislaus Business Alliance.

Naissance has its headquarters in the UK and was founded nine years ago by Skelding. Since then the company has grown rapidly in the last decade and now employs approximately 160 staff in Europe. Skelding will stay in Modesto to oversee the establishment of the company.