Seven corporate employees have already moved to San Antonio and love it, the company’s chairman told the Business Journal.

The food manufacturing company that just opened the world’s largest sous vide plant on San Antonio’s South Side says it will bring its worldwide headquarters here, too.

Cuisine Solutions Chairman Stanislas Vilgrain announced Wednesday at a ribbon-cutting that the company will move its headquarters from Virginia to its newly opened sous vide plant at Brooks. Sous vide is a cooking method that involves vacuum sealing food and immersing its pouch in water.

Vilgrain told the Business Journal after the ceremony that it will be a couple of years before the move occurs but that he and his wife are looking for a place in the Alamo City. In fact, several corporate employees have already moved to this area, Vilgrain said.

“Seven people from corporate came to live here and love it,” he said. “And so word gets around when they come back and say, ‘I want to move.'”

Cuisine Solutions — which sells vacuum-sealed meals to airlines, hotels and restaurants such as Starbucks Corp. and Panera Bread Co. — has plants on the U.S. East Coast as well as in France and Thailand. It hopes to soon have a customer in San Antonio-based H-E-B LP, as well, and Vilgrain and his team have spoken to H-E-B about stocking its products.

“We’ve been told when you have a plant in Texas, it’s usually a lot easier to get H-E-B as a customer,” Vilgrain said.

The company announced a $120 million, 500-employee investment in building a plant at Brooks in 2019 after a year-long search for a plant location west of the Mississippi River.

So far, the company has invested $200 million and hired about 200 people, and it will probably exceed 500 jobs over the next several years, according to Brooks. It’s the single largest investment on the former military base to date and is, according to the company, the largest sous vide plant in the world.

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