Consumer Demand Sparks Goya Expansion
Goya Foods is expanding its North American processing center in Brookshire, Texas, by adding 324,000 square feet of facilities for production, distribution and auxiliary activities.
As an Hispanic food manufacturer offering an entire line of low-sodium, organic, diet and sugar-free products, Goya is hoping the expansion will help maintain its mission to produce authentic, high quality and affordable products to national and global markets including Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, and Asia.
"With the growing need for good nutrition, it's an opportune time for Goya to expand," said president Bob Unanue. "Our commitment to excellence is the cornerstone of providing our consumers with products that offer 'good taste, good for you and good value.'"
Handled by KDW, a Houston-based design/build general contractor for global manufacturers, the expansion project almost doubles Goya's existing 380,000-square-foot facility west of Houston, where the company produces more than 2,500 food products.
The current Brookshire facility, also built by KDW in 2014, was part of Goya's $250 million global expansion to support consumer demand for the brand's healthy product lines. Ultra-modern processing equipment, a hydrostatic bean cooker and cannery operations are now capable of turning out more than 1,000 cans per minute.
The expanded facility will also feature a total of 29 new dock doors for domestic and international distribution. Work is expected to be completed in 2018.
With an emphasis on energy efficiency, the processing center includes florescent lighting with motion sensors, daylight harvesting via 7,000 square feet of Clerestory glass and transparent wall panels, high-efficiency roofing systems and an energy-efficient HVAC system.
Goya's 130-acre campus includes several satellite buildings to house water pumps, boilers, processing, refrigeration equipment and hydrostatic cooking tower. It also boasts a technologically advanced test kitchen, quality control lab, dry bean room and 17-foot tall guard shack shaped like a can of Goya beans. Supporting on-site infrastructure includes a drainage system, waste water treatment plant and rail spur/rail dock.