Columbus Foods, Harris Ranch Announce Joint Venture, Expand Deli Meat Production
Columbus Foods, San Francisco, expanded its deli meat production capabilities through a new partnership with Harris Ranch Beef Co., Selma, Calif.
To ensure consistency and quality during the transition, the two manufacturers spent more than a year planning, testing and duplicating Columbus’ time-tested consumer favorite deli meat recipes within Columbus Foods’ new modern facility in Hayward, Calif.
“Like Columbus, Harris Ranch is dedicated to producing the highest quality products with the utmost dedication to food safety,” says David Wood, chairman and CEO of Harris Ranch. “This is a good fit for both of our companies, and the synergies between Harris Ranch and Columbus will ensure a seamless production transition.”
Significant investment between both companies of more than $10 million dollars was made to ensure the implementation of a state-of-the-art deli meat processing facility. The current layout was built to produce an initial volume production of 25 million pounds of deli meat cooking and processing, but can be expanded to another 50 million pounds of capacity with minimal disruption to operations.
“Columbus’ deli cooking facility in South San Francisco is landlocked and necessitated to provide for capacity expansion on our branded deli meat growth,” says Timothy Fallon, president and CEO of Columbus Foods. “By partnering with Harris Ranch, we’re well-positioned to continue to provide the quality and taste that consumers and our retail customers expect from Columbus and meet continued growth in the coming years.”