Nutrition company Herbalife has opened its Herbalife Innovation and Manufacturing (HIM) facility in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, a move that will ramp up its production capacity.

The $100m HIM facility already produces a wide range of nutritional products, including powders, such as the flagship Formula 1 Nutritional Shake Mix; liquids, such as the Herbal Aloe Concentrate; and teas, such as Herbal Tea Concentrate.

These products will be distributed in the US and exported to over 50 countries across the globe.

Herbalife currently employs 350 people at the 800,000ft2 facility, with plans to add over 500 more people when the facility reaches full production by the end of 2015.

Commenting on the development, Herbalife chairman and CEO Michael O. Johnson said: "This is an incredibly important project for Herbalife as we strengthen our influence throughout our supply chain – from seed to feed – and increase capacity to meet the growing demand for our nutrition products.

"Two years ago, together with our partners at the state, county and city, we announced our plans to invest more than $100 million towards creating a world-class manufacturing facility, and at the same time, create 500 much-needed new jobs for the local area."

Image: Herbalife can output 16,000 Formula 1 Healthy Meal Nutritional Shake Mix 750-gram canisters per hour. Photo: courtesy of Business Wire.