A new Miami FL, distribution center and dry-bean packing facility produces 1 million cases of bagged beans per year using three fully automated packaging lines.
The premier source for authentic Latino cuisine, family-owned Goya Foods was established in 1936 in lower Manhattan, NY, by Don Prudencio Unanue and his wife, Carolina, both from Spain, as a distributor of olives, olive oil and sardines. Today, the company is the largest Hispanic owned food company in the United States, with 16 facilities in the U.S., Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Spain, and a product line of 2,000 SKUs.
One of the secrets to Goya’s success, Unanue reveals, is the company’s investment in equipment and automation.
Goya recently broke ground on a new Miami facility to accommodate the company’s growth in Florida, driven both by new people coming into the area and by consumers’ growing willingness to try new foods and flavours. Says Goya Foods of Florida, Director of Operations, Development and Manufacturing Angel Portuondo, “Our sales have been growing every year.”
To address speed, Goya selected the HayssenSandiacre Ultima ST intermittent motion VFFS machine, which has a top-rated output of 100bpm. At Goya, Line 1 alternates between 24oz and 4lb bags; Lines 2 and 3 handle 12 and 14oz bag sizes. According to Portuondo, the baggers run at speeds from 90 to 92bpm for the smaller sizes at 55bpm for the larger sizes. Compared with the speeds formerly achieved by Goya using its old equipment, the higher output of the new machines translates to an extra 500 cases per line, per shift. On the Hayssen VFFS machine, a volumetric feeder measures out the appropriate amount of beans, which are dumped into the formed bags. Prior to forming, bag rollstock is printed by a thermal transfer overprinter with the manufacturing date, best-by date and expiration date.
In the dry-bean packing room, three packaging lines produce up to 1 million cases of beans per year over one shift, with the ability to expand to 3 million.