A new specialty expansion is officially in the works as Cacique announced it broke ground on an $88 million dairy processing facility in Amarillo, Texas. The purveyor of authentic Mexican-style cheeses, cremas, and chorizos is expanding its operations with a new 200,000-square-foot facility that will help meet the growing demand for its high-quality products nationwide.
“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. “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.”
Cacique 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.
According to the release, 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.”
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. 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.
This new dairy processing facility comes on the heels of investment by Boston-based investment manager The Baupost Group as part of a round of funding earlier this year to accelerate the brand’s continued rapid growth nationwide. 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.
As this specialty purveyor continues to grow across the country, keep checking back as we report on the latest developments.