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Goya Foods Responds to Tsunami Disaster: Aids Relief Efforts by Providing Food to Needy Victims

- Company donates 8,000 cases of food for distribution in South East Asia
(January 12, 2005) Goya Foods today announced its efforts to aid the victims of the tsunami that struck South East Asia on December 26th by donating 8,000 cases of food. The tsunami, which has been labeled one of the world's largest natural disasters in modern times, has thus far claimed over 147,000 lives and left millions without food or shelter.
Upon hearing of the catastrophe, Goya Foods, which has extensive experience in responding to natural disasters, took action by donating 3,000 cases of rice, beans and soup through the Rotaract Club of the United Nations. As the needs of the surviving victims have become more apparent, Goya has increased its efforts by arranging for the donation of an additional 5,000 cases of food to the Red Cross. "Goya Foods and its employees have been deeply affected by the devastation suffered by the people of South East Asia. Goya recognizes that although this tragedy has happened across the world, its magnitude supercedes geography and demands an immediate, humane response." Said Mr. Bob Unanue, President of Goya Foods, Inc.
The company has a long-standing history of responding when countries are affected by natural disasters.  Goya has previously spear-headed disaster relief for hurricane victims in the Caribbean as well as the U.S. and has been pro-active in countries throughout Latin America during times of crisis. “Goya has made it a priority to be responsive in times of need.” stated Mr. Carlos Unanue, President of Goya Puerto Rico. Most recently Goya responded to the state of Florida, which was hit by multiple hurricanes this past summer and also to the town of Jimaní, Dominican Republic which suffered severe flooding in June 2004. In the case of Jimaní, Goya arranged for food, trucks and its employees organized a clothing drive for the victims. “We emphatically encourage other corporations and individuals to do what they can to help these victims and their families as they begin the process of rebuilding their lives.” concluded Mr. Frank Unanue, President of Goya Foods of Florida, Inc.

ABOUT GOYA: Founded in 1936, Goya Foods, Inc. is America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company.  Goya manufactures packages and distributes more than 1,200 high-quality food products, including: canned and dry-packaged beans, rice and rice mixes; nectars; seasonings; and authentic Latin specialties.  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