Governor Glenn Youngkin today announced that Certified Origins, an Italian-based company focused on providing fresh and authentic extra virgin olive oil, will invest $25 million to establish its first U.S. production facility in the City of Newport News to meet increased demand for its branded and private-label products. At their new operation at 230 Picketts Line in the Oakland Industrial Park, the company will select and import high-quality extra virgin olive oils through the Port of Virginia to offer craft blends and tailored packaging solutions for local and global markets. Virginia successfully competed with Maryland for the project, which will create 30 new jobs.
Founded in 2006, Certified Origins is an established international food producer and distributor, with branches and distribution in Europe, Asia, Mexico, and the United States. Certified Origins is the proud owner of the Bellucci Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil brand. They also enjoy long-term partnerships with diverse American retailers thanks to multiple successful private label programs. Certified Origins’ core mission is to contribute to people’s enjoyment and health through good food, made by using wholesome, sustainable, and genuine ingredients.
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with the City of Newport News and The Port of Virginia to secure the project for Virginia. Governor Youngkin approved a $125,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist the City of Newport News with the project. Certified Origins is eligible to receive state benefits from the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, and funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.
We are proud to welcome Certified Origins to Newport News!