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Ruiz Foods to Shut Down Tulare Production Facility this Summer

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Frisco, Texas-headquartered Ruiz Foods, which produces a wide assortment of frozen Mexican food products including burritos, taquitos, chimichangas and signature entrees, has announced that it will shutter its Tulare, California manufacturing facility as an active production site later this year. The plant opened in 2004 as an extension of the company’s Dinuba factory and was originally intended to be a short-term additional capacity option.

“After 20 years of services, we have determined that the facility is too small and requires substantial capital investment to meet our manufacturing needs or remain a viable part of the Ruiz Foods network,” stated a recently issued press release. The plant will be retired at the end of our fiscal year and will close between August 30 and Sept. 13, 2024.

“While this is the right decision for our business, we recognize the impact on our valued Tulare team members and will be working to provide support and options during this transition including, for some, an option to transfer to our Dinuba plant.”

About the Company

Ruiz Foods Products is a privately-owned corporation co-founded by Fred Ruiz and his father, Louis, in 1964. The company’s El Monterey brand is the #1 selling frozen Mexican food range in the United States and the Tornados snack brand is a leader on the convenience store roller grill. Ruiz employs more than 4,000 people and has five manufacturing facilities located in California, Texas and South Carolina.