LOS ANGELES — On June 3, Cacique, LLC — a privately-owned Hispanic foods company and maker of the leading of authentic Mexican-style cheeses, cremas and chorizos in the U.S. — officially broke ground on an $88 million dairy processing facility in Amarillo, Texas. The new 200,000 square-foot facility will help meet the growing demand for Cacique's high-quality products nationwide. The company is planning to begin operation at the new facility in the fall of 2022 and expects to create approximately 200 new full-time jobs.
The new facility, which is being constructed at 8647 S. Georgia St., will be equipped to handle dairy processing, including production of the company's authentic Mexican-style cheeses, cremas and yogurts.
"After an extensive, national search, we are very happy to select Amarillo, Texas as the location of our new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility," said Gil de Cardenas, CEO of Cacique, LLC. "We are grateful to the Governor's office, Randall County and the City of Amarillo for their hospitality, work and support throughout the site selection process and in helping us usher in the next era of growth for our company. From our first visit, we knew that Amarillo was special. It's a vibrant, thriving and diverse melting pot of cultures and we're thrilled to become part of this local community as we put down some new Cacique family roots in the great state of Texas."
The project benefits from receiving a Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) grant from the office of Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
"I am proud to welcome Cacique to Texas and excited for the incredible impact they will make on our state's economic success story," said Governor Abbott. "Amarillo is a natural home for Cacique, as the Texas Panhandle is a magnet for the manufacturing and food processing industries. Thank you to Cacique for choosing to invest in the Lone Star State. I look forward to working with them as we usher in a more prosperous future for all Texans."
In addition to the TEF grant, the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) and the City Council of Amarillo recently approved an incentive package for the expansion project.
"We are honored that Cacique chose to make Amarillo their new home," said Kevin Carter, President and CEO of the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation. "This project will have a large-scale economic impact with $88 million in new capital expenditures and the creation of approximately 200 new full-time jobs. The addition of Cacique will help us continue to build Amarillo into a food processing powerhouse."
The plant will feature state-of-the-art technology, allowing Cacique to increase its overall capacity and meet the growing demand for its market leading products.
"The addition of Cacique to the Amarillo community is another example of significant economic progress for the city and the Amarillo area," said Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson. "This is a multimillion-dollar investment in Amarillo that will result in the creation of approximately 200 full-time jobs. Amarillo continues to grow with an economy that is one of the strongest in the state, if not the country. With an impressive company such as Cacique now calling Amarillo home, Amarillo's commitment to a strong and diverse economy continues."
In addition to expanding production capacity with the introduction of the new plant, Cacique intends to increase R&D to drive product innovation and to continue to sustainably enhance its national presence as part of the company's long-term growth strategy.
"Randall County is excited to welcome Cacique to our community," said Randall County Judge Christy Dyer. "We look forward to witnessing the employment and economic blessings that this company will bring to not only Randall County, but Amarillo as a whole."
Cacique operates multiple complementary facilities that enable efficient production at scale, including a dairy processing plant in City of Industry, California, a meat processing plant in Cedar City, Utah and a salsa processing plant in Gilbert, Arizona.
The Amarillo dairy processing facility comes on the heels of an investment by Boston-based investment manager The Baupost Group, LLC, part of a round of funding earlier this year to accelerate the brand's continued rapid growth nationwide. To learn more about the line of authentic products Cacique produces, please visit caciqueinc.com.
About Cacique, LLCFamily-owned and founded in 1973 on the principles of Family, Quality, Integrity and Authenticity, Cacique® is now one of the country's top Hispanic food brands - the #1 producer of Hispanic cheeses, creams, yogurts, chorizos and salsas in the United States. Headquartered in Monrovia, California, Cacique® remains dedicated to producing authentic, fresh and high-quality Hispanic products. For more information about Cacique's line of products, please visit caciqueinc.com or call (800) 521-6987 or (626) 937-3505.