Deli meat specialist Columbus Craft Meats has completed a $16 million expansion of its salami curing facility.
The 10,000-square-foot addition to the plant in Hayward, California, will increase Hayward-based Columbus’s salami production capacity by 30 percent. The expansion, aimed at meeting growing demand for the company’s products, is the company’s second in the past three years. In 2015, Columbus almost doubled the size of its Hayward facility, boosting production by more than 50 percent.
"We are now the most broadly distributed deli meat brand in the United States, and we're excited to see the tremendous growth in our business," says Columbus’s CEO, Joe Ennen. "This added capacity will assure that even more consumers coast-to-coast will be able to enjoy our premium salami. Further, our expansion not only allows us to meet demand but also to continue developing innovative new products."
Earlier in September, Columbus announced the expansion of its deli pre-sliced line and the introduction of a new product, snack packs.