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GOYA FOODS ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENTS OF THREE NEW VICE PRESIDENTS

La Gran Familia Goya Celebrates Internal Promotions

Mr. Robert Unanue, President, and Mr. Peter Unanue, Executive Vice President, both of Goya Foods Inc., the nation's largest Hispanic-owned food company, proudly announce the appointments of Miguel Lugo, Carlos Ortiz and Rebecca Rodriguez-Llerena as Vice Presidents of Goya Foods, Inc.

Effective immediately, Mr. Miguel Lugo, Jr. is Vice-President of Finance, Mr. Carlos Ortiz is Vice-President & General Counsel and Ms. Rebecca Rodriguez-Llerena is Vice-President of Logistics. "The promotion of these three individuals is particularly gratifying as they each have made invaluable contributions to the sustained growth of Goya Foods as we've expanded to new markets throughout the United States, the Caribbean and Spain. All three individuals represent the characteristics and qualities of what it means to be a Goya family member: Loyalty, Work Ethic, Dedication, Responsibility, Experience and Intelligence," stated Mr. Bob Unanue.

As newly-named Vice-President of Finance, Mr. Miguel Lugo, Jr. has over twenty-seven years of experience in business planning, accounting and financial management for both domestic and international businesses.  He has led the finance function at Goya Foods, Inc. since July 1996 and is responsible for the overall financial affairs of the company, including financial planning, treasury, credit, accounting and reporting. Mr. Lugo recently completed the acquisition of Goya's new distribution business in Madrid, Spain. "I am honored and privileged to work with the outstanding individuals and organization that make up 'La Gran Familia Goya'.  We continue to be motivated and excited by the opportunities we have to serve our growing number of consumers and customers" states Mr. Lugo.

Before joining Goya, Mr. Lugo held leadership positions with Price Waterhouse, PepsiCo, PepsiCo Foods International, Pizza Hut International, and Wilson Sporting Goods. He is a certified public accountant, with a B.A. in Accounting from Saint Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Lugo and his wife Delia have three daughters and reside in Wyckoff, NJ.

Goya Foods' Vice President & General Counsel, Mr. Carlos Ortiz,  joined the company in 1989 as General Counsel and has been responsible for protecting Goya's legal rights and interests and providing advice and counsel to Goya's board of directors, officers and managers. Mr. Ortiz's areas of responsibility have included corporate transactions and matters relating to labor and employment law, intellectual property, real property, corporate governance, government affairs and relations, crisis management and litigation.  Through Mr. Ortiz's efforts and guidance, Goya has strengthened and protected its world famous "GOYA" brand, enhanced revenues, safeguarded company assets, promoted sound corporate governance, and developed and maintained working relationships with public officials.  "I am deeply honored to be a part of a team that works for the best company in the world—one that cares as much about people as it does about success.  While we take great pride in our authentic high-quality Latino products and our inspiring success story, we are equally proud of Goya's longstanding commitment to its staff and its support of many Hispanic and civic causes and organizations," states Mr. Ortiz.  "It is no wonder that a family-owned business with modest beginnings in New York, built on the core values of family, faith and hard work, has come to be so highly respected and valued as an institution worldwide."

Mr. Ortiz, who is also a certified public accountant, holds a B.S. degree in Accounting from Herbert Lehman College of the City University of New York and a Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School.  He is admitted to practice law in the New York State Courts and in the Southern and Eastern District federal courts of New York. Prior to joining Goya, Ortiz worked as an auditor and consultant for Deloitte, Haskins & Sells.  He also clerked for New York State Supreme Court Justice Gilbert Ramirez and served as a litigation associate for a New York law firm.  The recipient of numerous professional honors, Mr. Ortiz has three sons and resides in Montclair, New Jersey.

Newly-named Vice President of Logistics, Ms. Rebecca Rodriguez-Llerena has literally grown up with Goya Foods. Ms. Rodriguez-Llerena, who has been with the company for over 35 years, began working for Goya during the summers and after school as a high school student growing up in Bergenfield, N.J.  Her father, the late Israel (Lelo) Rodriguez enjoyed a stellar 37-year career at Goya Foods where he established the Traffic Department and served as its Vice President, until his retirement in 1982.
 
In her new capacity as Vice President of Logistics, Ms. Rodriguez-Llerena is charged with the oversight of Goya's 320,000 square foot warehouse based in Secaucus, N.J.  Her daily responsibilities include supervising over 150 warehouse employees and working with approximately 40 drivers making deliveries to New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania destinations.  Ms. Rodriguez-Llerena also arranges inter-company transfers between Goya warehouses and retail destinations. 

In her years with Goya she has enjoyed a diverse work experience, having held a variety of positions in Purchasing and Credit, as well as distinguishing herself as Accounts Payable Manager for 20 years prior to entering the Traffic department.  Ms. Rodriguez-Llerena says, "The honor of this promotion has been one of reflection.  My relationship with the Goya Foods organization and the Unanue family has been one of immense pride and professional satisfaction. On a personal level, to be able to continue in my dad's footsteps is extremely humbling.  I know that when he looks down on me and Goya as well, that he is smiling with satisfaction knowing that his job was well done!"

Ms. Rodriguez-Llerena is a graduate of Edward Williams College, where she earned a B.A. in Psychology.  In addition, she holds an MSW from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Ms. Rodriguez-Llerena is married to Charles Llerena, her husband of 16 years and currently Director of DOT (Department of Transportation Compliance) at Goya. They reside in Woodbridge, New Jersey with their son Hunter Israel.

"We are very proud of the accomplishments and contributions of all our family members and in particular those of Miguel, Carlos and Rebecca. It is especially satisfying to recognize Rebecca Rodriguez as being part of the first Father/Daughter Vice Presidents fulfilling the legacy of the late Don Israel (Lelo) Rodriguez who contributed immensely to the Success of Goya from 1945 to 1982," enthused Mr. Peter Unanue.

Goya Foods is undergoing an unprecedented growth cycle in the company's history with the creation of new, state-of-the-art facilities and distribution centers opening throughout the continental United States as well as the Caribbean and Spain. These efforts are poised to increase Goya's distribution and manufacturing capacity by over 1 million square feet within the next three years. "Goya finds itself today in very exciting and challenging times.  As we meet these opportunities and challenges going forward we are blessed to count on so many valued members of our Gran Familia. While these promotions celebrate personal achievement, they reflect as well, our commitment to sustained excellence within the Latin American food industry." concluded Mr. Peter Unanue.

Goya Foods is undergoing an unprecedented growth cycle in the company's history with the creation of new, state-of-the-art facilities and distribution centers opening throughout the continental United States as well as the Caribbean and Spain. These efforts are poised to increase Goya's distribution and manufacturing capacity by over 1 million square feet within the next three years. "Goya finds itself today in very exciting and challenging times.  As we meet these opportunities and challenges going forward we are blessed to count on so many valued members of our Gran Familia. While these promotions celebrate personal achievement, they reflect as well, our commitment to sustained excellence within the Latin American food industry." concluded Mr. Peter Unanue.

ABOUT GOYA: Founded in 1936, Goya Foods, Inc. is not only America's largest Hispanic-owned food company, but has established itself as the leader in Latin American food and condiments. Goya manufactures packages and distributes over 1,500 high-quality food products from the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America. Goya products have their roots in the culinary traditions of Hispanic communities around the world; their combination of authentic ingredients, robust seasonings and convenient preparation make them ideal for every taste and every table. For more information on Goya Foods, please visit www.goya.com