Goya Foods Opens Four New Facilities

Goya Foods (www.goya.com), Secaucus, N.J., in March opened four manufacturing, production and distribution facilities in Texas, Georgia, California and New Jersey as part of a $250 million investment for a global expansion of the company's healthy product lines.

A new 350,000-sq.-ft. Houston facility sits on a 130-acre farm and will serve as a hub for the manufacturing and distribution of Goya's healthy bean lines. It will produce 1,000 cans of beans per minute, serving consumers west of the Mississippi River. It also "acts as a launching pad for global export from Houston's port and the Panama Canal." Company officials say it's an environmentally sustainable center equipped with an advanced water treatment plant that will recycle and purify water used for the soaking and transporting of beans and other products, crop irrigation and replenishment of local streams.

The 250,000-sq.-ft. facility in Los Angeles will serve the West coast. It will have some packaging but will focus on distribution. A 151,000-sq.-ft. facility in Atlanta is strictly a distribution center and will serve Georgia and the surrounding area. The fully renovated 240,000-sq.-ft. facility in Secaucus, the current company headquarters, will be armed with a new rice packaging line to produce 600 bags of Goya rice mixes per minute, six times faster than its current production.

Secaucus will no longer be the headquarters this fall when a new main office in Jersey City, N.J., is scheduled to open. Totaling nearly 900,000 sq. ft., it will be Goya's largest expansion in the company's history. It will feature office space and a warehouse totaling 638,000 sq. ft. on 40 acres of undeveloped land.

Goya, which claims to be the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the U.S., offers consumers an extensive line of low sodium, organic, diet and sugar-free products.

"With the growing Hispanic population and the need for good nutrition, it's an opportune time for Goya to expand," says President Bob Unanue. "For more than 78 years, Goya has not only positioned itself as a leader in the Latin American food industry and a trusted American brand, but as an iconic symbol of the Hispanic culture."

The new facilities are designed to reach additional customers in the U.S. as well as Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Goya's healthy product lines featuring a variety of low sodium and organic beans, organic rice, brown rice and quinoa, frozen vegetables and fruits, coconut water and diet beverages, as well as household staples such as olive oil and low sodium condiments. Goya's bean line alone features more than 40 types of beans.

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