Cacique Foods held a grand opening of its new dairy processing facility in Amarillo, Texas, as well as new corporate headquarters in Irving, Texas. The company is also investing in the future of Mexican cuisine by providing educational opportunities for the next generation interested in food manufacturing careers in Amarillo.
The new facility is equipped to handle dairy processing, including production of the company's authentic Mexican-style cheeses and cremas and will grow Cacique's offerings while getting products on the shelves of even more stores nationwide. The 200,000 square-foot facility will feature technology making it the most state-of-the-art dairy processing facility in America. The building is made up of 7 miles of stainless-steel pipe and is the equivalent to nearly three-and-a-half football fields with production capacity to support the company's growth plan for years to come.
"We're proud of the success Cacique has seen over the past 50 years. The company started with my mother perfecting cheesemaking, while my father sold Queso Fresco door-to-door, one pound at a time, out of coolers in our family car," said Gil de Cardenas, CEO of Cacique Foods LLC. "As we've grown from our humble roots, one employee at a time, Cacique Foods remains a family-owned company, and we've remained true to the core values my parents founded this business upon: Family. Quality, Integrity and Authenticity."
Through honoring its 50th anniversary and the opening of the new location in Amarillo, Cacique is celebrating the past, present and future of Hispanic cooking in America by helping ignite a passion for Hispanic cooking for decades to come. With $35,000 contributions to both Amtech Career Academy and Amarillo College that support food manufacturing curriculums, Cacique is hoping to spark a passion for Hispanic food among the next generation in the Amarillo community.
"The contributions from Cacique have already made an impact on our students here in Amarillo," said Jay Barrett, Principal from AmTech Career Academy. "We are creating a curriculum that will allow students to get the hands-on experience they need to graduate and start a career in manufacturing – we hope at Cacique!"