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Pennsylvania Invests $1.75 Million in Baby Formula Maker, Creates New Jobs

Governor Tom Wolf said Pennsylvania is investing $1.75 million in ByHeart, the first new FDA-registered formula maker to hit the market in 15 years.

“The United States is facing a severe shortage of infant formula that is causing pain for families right here in Pennsylvania. The shortage is fueled, in part, by the fact that the domestic market is dominated by just a few manufacturers,” Governor Wolf said. “I am honored to have had the opportunity to invest in a solution and that ByHeart has chosen Pennsylvania as its home. They simultaneously feed families and fuel our local economy.

The $1.75 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program enabled ByHeart to complete the canning line and dry-mixing area at the new Reading facility. These improvements were the final piece of the supply chain needed to make ByHeart the fifth infant formula manufacturer in the United States and the first FDA-registered manufacturer to enter the market in more than 15 years. The state investment is also supporting the creation of 50 new jobs for the community of Reading.

“When we founded ByHeart, we committed to owning and overseeing our supply chain – to take a path no new entrant has taken in decades and acquire manufacturing, directly source all of our ingredients, lead the largest clinical trial of a new brand in over 25 years. This decision was driven by quality and innovation,” explained ByHeart Co-Founder and President Mia Funt. “We knew we had to work hard to provide the healthiest, most nutritious alternative to breastmilk – with the cleanest ingredients – so parents can have confidence in how they feed. was how valuable this approach would become in having levers under our control to present itself to parents in this scarcity crisis, and we appreciate all the support and investment from the Commonwealth to ByHeart’s ongoing efforts to fortify infant nutrition. critical infrastructure.”

Pennsylvania is the first state in the nation to directly invest in a partial solution to the nation’s formula shortage. ByHeart’s FDA registration strengthens the infant nutrition supply chain in the United States.

“Mothers like me were desperate to find a formula — crossing state lines, posting on social media — to feed our children,” said Isabella Torres, mother of a three-month-old in the Reading area. . “While I’m still worried, I’m also grateful and hopeful. I hope investments in facilities like ByHeart will increase the production of infant formula so parents like me don’t have to worry anymore. .

“The continued shortage of infant formula has taken its toll on parents across the Commonwealth and across the country. Pennsylvania’s rich food-producing industries allow us to ease the burden people feel and increase the supply of a product essential to the health and well-being of babies,” said Senator Judy Schwank. “ByHeart is a company that saw all the benefits the Commonwealth had to offer and made a big investment here in Pennsylvania that will benefit our economy while helping to alleviate the nationwide shortage.”