"We're well-known for wineries, garlic and fresh, raw products like spinach that can go from farm to store in 24 hours, but we also have a burgeoning food processing cluster that's attracting companies in the next level of the supply chain," says Tammy Brownlow, president and CEO, Gilroy (Calif.) Economic Development Corp.
Major food businesses in the area include Christopher Ranch, Olam International Ltd., Monterey Gourmet Foods Inc., Silva Sausage, Wheat Valley Bakery and Blossom Valley Foods
These businesses provide employment for more than 1,500 workers in Gilroy
and support the growth of a cluster that provides packaging, equipment and other goods and services for their operations, Brownlow
notes that a new distribution facility being built by United Natural Foods Inc.
, a leading independent national distributor of natural, organic and specialty foods, will also have a major impact on the local economy.
The company is now building phase one of its state-of-the-art distribution center on 53 acres in McCarthy Business Park.
may be attractive to food manufacturers and distributors because of our growers and connectivity to the Bay Area, Central Valley, and Salinas Valley," Brownlow