Robert I. Unanue
Goya Foods, Inc.
Prior to being named President of Goya Foods in 2004, Robert “Bob” Unanue held several key positions at the company both in the United States and abroad. At a young age, Bob worked in GOYA’s production line, packing olives and olive oil in Brooklyn, NY. He also worked the printing press and even drove delivery trucks in the early stages of his career. While at college Bob studied accounting at Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts, as well as at the University of Seville where he was instrumental in establishing GOYA’s foothold in Spain. Today, the Seville unit of GOYA is a significant olive exporter to the United States.
Upon completing his education, Bob joined GOYA as a buyer and implemented four new bean packing lines. After this assignment, he relocated to GOYA de Puerto Rico as Purchasing Director in 1980. In 1983, Bob advanced to Vice-President and General Manager of the company and was instrumental in establishing a steel cutting factory (Island Coil Corp.) as well as lithography (Island Litho Corp.) for Goya’s can making facility (Island Can Corp.).
In 1990, Bob returned to GOYA Foods Inc. in New Jersey as Vice-President of Operations. During this period, he introduced a new production line of Ready Cooked Rice and managed GOYA’s 11 warehouses in the United States. In 1997, Bob was appointed President of GOYA Foods in California. In 1999, he was named President of GOYA, Florida where he was responsible for the Miami and Tampa facilities as well as exporting GOYA’s products.
Bob sits on the Board of Directors of the Maestro Cares Foundation and New Jersey City University. He is also an active member of the American Cancer Society CEO’s Against Cancer. He has six children and four grandchildren.