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of this state-of-the-art facility." The company's Lincolnton
facility is also about 100,000 square feet.
To better serve international customers, RW Garcia has
also opened a 50,000-square-foot satellite manufacturing
plant in Spain. "We started in Europe about 25 years ago
when we had a plant in California. At the time, we had to
ship product via container down through the Panama Canal,"
Garcia remembers. "Shelf-life quickly became an issue. Not
long after that we opened up the plant on the East Coast to
better support the UK and Europe. Now, with the opening of
our plant in Spain, we are alleviating the issues of transportation, shipping and import duties."
RW Garcia continues to expand its distribution network as
it develops new and creative better-for-you products, which
Garcia says the company does on a regular basis. "A few
years ago we got into the cracker business and now we produce crackers throughout the country," he adds. "That's just
gone off the charts as far as growth is concerned."
RW Garcia produces sweet potato, kale and sweet beet
>> RW Garcia is adding a new manufacturing line that will increase production of its betterfor-you tortilla chips and crackers by130 percent.
crackers that are unique in that the color of the cracker
comes from the vegetable. "Our challenge was, how do we
make something that looks good, tastes good and is better
for you?" Garcia says. "All the colors are natural and come
from the vegetable. It's a different take on making crackers."
"Our company is always in innovation mode and we encourage all team members to share in the creative process,"
Garcia says. "The team is challenged to keep an open mind
and think outside the box with what we're manufacturing
and how we're doing it. Once you establish that creative
thinking, ideas start flowing from everyone, even our buyers
and suppliers come up with new product ideas and ingredient innovations."
>> RW Garcia has developed close relationships with its buyers and suppliers to remain
responsive to customers' suggestions.
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