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ND sunflower company opening roasting plant in TX

HORACE, N.D. (AP) -- A North Dakota-based sunflower business is beginning production this month at a sunflower roasting facility in the Texas city of Lubbock.

The SunGold Foods plant will produce in-shell sunflower seeds to be sold as snack food. The National Sunflower Association says the plant will open with 40 full-time employees, with room to more than double capacity.

SunGold Foods is based in Horace. It is a subsidiary of Fargo-based Red River Commodities Inc., which also has a bird food plant in Lubbock.