Goya Foods opens sustainable production plant in New Jersey

by Eric Schroeder
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Goya Foods' new facility is equipped to manufacture and distribute more than 4 million cases of Goya products annually.

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Goya Foods has opened a 240,000-square-foot production facility in Secaucus, N.J., as part of a $250 million investment first announced in 2014.

The sustainable plant, which is equipped to manufacture and distribute more than 4 million cases of Goya products annually, features new production machinery and technology, including a continuous motion line that produces 600 boxes of Goya’s rice mixes per minute, six times faster than the company’s past production capability.

Bob Unanue, Goya Foods
Bob Unanue, president of Goya Foods

“The opening of our new production facility in Secaucus, along with our current headquarters in Jersey City, not only enables us to operate more efficiently and cost effectively but most importantly, extends 80 years of Goya’s heritage in providing our consumers with authentic, high quality and affordable Latin products,” said Bob Unanue, president of Goya Foods.

The new facility is equipped with 6,552 solar panels on 3.7 acres of rooftop to generate more than 70% of the building’s energy supply and provide a net zero carbon footprint, according to the company. Additionally, Goya is working on the installation of rail service that is expected to significantly reduce transportation costs, traffic congestion and fuel consumption. 

Goya Foods rice
The new facility features a continuous motion line that produces 600 boxes of Goya’s rice mixes per minute.
 
Founded in 1936, Goya manufactures, packages and distributes more than 2,500 food products from Spain, the Caribbean, Mexico and Central and South America. The company operates 26 plants and employs more than 4,500 throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Spain. In 2014-15, Goya opened four new facilities in Texas, California, Georgia and the company’s current headquarters in Jersey City.
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