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Goya Foods, Inc., is an American producer of a brand of foods sold in the United States and many Hispanic countries.[1] The company headquarters is in Jersey City, New Jersey. It is the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States. It is also a third-generation family-owned business.[2][3][4]

Goya Foods, Inc.
IndustryFood industry
GenreSpanish and Latin American
Founded1936; 83 years ago (1936) in New York City, New York, United States
  • Prudencio Unanue Ortiz
  • Carolina Casal
Headquarters350 County Road, ,
Area served
United States
Key people
Robert (Bob) Unanue, (CEO)
Revenue$1.5 Billion
Number of employees


Goya was founded in 1936, by Prudencio Unanue Ortiz (1886–1976) from Valle de Mena, Spain. Unanue emigrated to Puerto Rico, where he met and married Carolina Casal (1890–1984) also a Spanish immigrant. They later moved to New York City.[5][6] Prudencio believed that his name was too difficult to pronounce for American customers, so he purchased the name of one of his suppliers, a Moroccan sardine company named "Goya".[7] The company was initially set up in the Financial District of Manhattan, importing Spanish foods like olives and olive oil.


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.

Goya's 3,500 employees worldwide produce over 2,200 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 Jersey City, New Jersey. Its manufacturing and distribution centers are located in: Secaucus, Pedricktown, 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; McDonough, Georgia and Prince George County, Virginia.

Goya truck in Houston, Texas

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,[8][9]

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 5, 2012.

In 2012, the company joined Michelle Obama's 'My Plate' healthy eating initiative.[10]

Corporate affairsEdit

The current headquarters is on a 40-acre (16 ha) lot in western Jersey City, New Jersey. Built for $127 million,[11] it has 615,000 square feet (57,100 m2) of space[12], with 38,000 square feet (3,500 m2) of office space and 660,000 square feet (61,000 m2) of warehouse space.[13] The company received $82 million in tax credits[14].

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  1. ^ "About Goya Foods". Retrieved 2013-08-16.
  2. ^ About us
  3. ^ a b Hugh R. Morley (June 1, 2011). "Goya looks to expand into Jersey City". Retrieved June 16, 2011.
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  5. ^ "Advertising, Marketing, and Commercial Imagery Collections". Archived from the original on 2012-06-26. Retrieved 2013-08-16.
  6. ^ "Our Company - Goya Foods". Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  7. ^ Carolina Gonzalez (June 8, 2011). "Goya brand has been woven into the city's Latino DNA". New York Daily News. Retrieved June 16, 2011.
  8. ^ "The Largest Private Companies". 2006-11-14. Retrieved 2013-08-16.
  9. ^ Lollis, Barbara De (2008-03-24). "CEO Profile: At Goya, it's all in la familia". Usatoday.Com. Retrieved 2013-08-16.
  10. ^ "Business Chic - Home - Mrs.O - Follow the Fashion and Style of First Lady Michelle Obama". 2012-01-26. Retrieved 2013-08-16.
  11. ^ McDonald, Terrence G. "Goya to open new corporate HQ in Jersey City." The Jersey Journal. April 24, 2015. Retrieved on March 26, 2016.
  12. ^ Diduch, Mary. "Secaucus-based Goya announces groundbreaking of new headquarters in Meadowlands". The Record ( Retrieved 2013-08-16.
  13. ^ T, Terrence (2015-04-29). "A 'great Goya day' at opening of new HQ in Jersey City". Retrieved 2019-04-23.
  14. ^ T, Terrence (2015-04-29). "A 'great Goya day' at opening of new HQ in Jersey City". Retrieved 2019-04-23.

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