Houston, TX–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–June 21, 2005–Members of the Goya Foods Unanue family and other Goya executives joined members of Houston’s city council and community leaders today to mark a historic event for the company at the groundbreaking ceremony of the new Houston plant and distribution facility. The new plant joins 13 other Goya plants in the U.S. and abroad.
The new 138,000-square-foot facility will be located in 5750 Brittmore Road in West Houston. The plant and distribution facility, expected to be fully operational in March 2006, will serve as the strategic distribution hub for Goya’s expanding operations throughout Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas. The center has a projected growth of an additional 134,000 square feet.
The new facility will feature many of the newest industry technologies, in regards to food packing, storage and distribution; making the new Texas plant one of the most modern and efficient distribution plants in the company.
“Establishing this important distribution hub in Houston demonstrates our commitment to this growing market,” said Bob Unanue, President of Goya Foods Inc. “Including the Houston plant, we are adding more than 1 million square feet in distribution facilities and are investing globally more than $150 million over the next five years. We will continue to grow and distribute quality products to our clients and consumers in this region. We have an exceptional team in place, led by Evelio Fernandez, General Manager and Vice President of Goya Foods of Texas, to ensure the success of our Texas operations as well as the functionality of our newest plant.”
“This Houston plant will be very strategic to our continued growth; we plan to capitalize on our changing demographics and our proximity to the Port of Houston and Mexico to excel our growth,” said Evelio Fernandez, General Manager and Vice President of Goya Foods of Texas. “Our success is a team effort. The entire Goya Foods of Texas family and our quality products set us apart in our industry.”
In commemoration of the official Goya groundbreaking, Goya Foods is donating 10,000 pounds of food (serving 40 thousand meals) to the End Hunger Network Prepared Meals Program distributed by the Houston Food Bank.
Founded in 1936, Goya Foods, Inc. is America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company. Goya manufactures packages and distributes more than 1,200 high-quality food products, including: canned and dry-packaged beans, rice and rice mixes; nectars; seasonings; and authentic Latin specialties. Goya products have their roots in the culinary traditions of Hispanic communities around the world; their combination of authentic ingredients, robust seasonings and convenient preparation make them ideal for every taste and every table. For more information on Goya Foods, please visit http://www.goya.com
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