Ghana-based Niche Cocoa is in the process of turning a 44,000-square-foot space at the Franklin Business Park into its first North American facility, local, state and national officials announced Tuesday.

Niche will initially employ more than two dozen workers at the new facility, located at 9705 S. Oakwood Park Drive.

The project will be the largest food and beverage investment by an Africa-based company in U.S. history and the largest Ghana foreign direct investment ever in Wisconsin, according to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC).

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