Goya Foods

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Goya Foods, Inc.
TypePrivate
IndustryRetail
GenreSpanish and Latin American cuisine
FoundedManhattan, New York City, 1936
Founder(s)Prudencio Unanue Ortiz
HeadquartersSecaucus, New Jersey,
United States
Key peopleRobert (Bob) Unanue, (CEO)
Employees3,500
Websitewww.Goya.com
 
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Goya Foods, Inc.
TypePrivate
IndustryRetail
GenreSpanish and Latin American cuisine
FoundedManhattan, New York City, 1936
Founder(s)Prudencio Unanue Ortiz
HeadquartersSecaucus, New Jersey,
United States
Key peopleRobert (Bob) Unanue, (CEO)
Employees3,500
Websitewww.Goya.com

Goya Foods, Inc. is a producer of a brand of foods sold in the United States and many Hispanic countries including Spain, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic.[1] The company headquarters in Secaucus, New Jersey.[2] It is the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States.[3]

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History

Goya was founded in 1936 by Prudencio Unanue Ortiz (1886–1976) from Valle de Mena, Spain who emigrated to Puerto Rico, and met and married Carolina Casal (1890–1984) also a Spanish immigrant, emigrated to New York City, United States.[4][5] Prudencio believed that his name was too difficult to pronounce for American customers, so he purchased the name of a Moroccan sardine company named "Goya".[6] The company was initially set up in the Financial District of Manhattan, importing Spanish foods like olives and olive oil.

Company information

Goya Tomato Sauce

Goya provides Spanish, Puerto Rican, Caribbean, Mexican, Cuban and Central and South American cuisine.

Goya operates a 220,000-square-foot (20,000 m2) manufacturing facility in San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic, and a 100,000-square-foot (9,300 m2) distribution center in Bayamón, Puerto Rico.

Tres leches cake cross-section with Malta Goya in the back

Goya's 3,500 employees worldwide produce over 1,600 products that are available in local grocery stores and supermarket chains throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and international markets. Goya Foods is headquartered in Secaucus, New Jersey. Its manufacturing and distribution centers are located in: Secaucus, West Deptford, New Jersey; Bayamón, Puerto Rico; Seville, Spain; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Angola, New York; Webster, Massachusetts; Bensenville, Illinois; Miami and Orlando, Florida; Houston, Texas; City of Industry, California; and Prince George County, Virginia.

Goya's national sponsorships include the National Council of La Raza, the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the National Hispanic Leadership Institute. Goya is also the first Hispanic company to be exhibited at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

In 1992, Goya began to focus promotion efforts towards a mainstream and culinary market.

In 2006 Forbes ranked Goya 355th on its list of the largest private companies in the United States,[7][8]

In 2011 the company unveiled plans to expand with a 500,000-square-foot distribution center in adjacent Jersey City.[3] The groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility occurred on September 5th, 2012.

In 2012, the company joined Michelle Obama's 'My Plate' healthy eating initiative.[9]

In 2012, four Goya products were awarded with the Superior Taste Award by iTQi.

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