SAN JOSE – Amy’s Kitchen is preparing to serve organic foods, including pizza, at a new manufacturing center near the Berryessa BART station in San Jose.
The organic frozen food maker expects food production at the San Jose site to begin in January, Amy’s Kitchen said.
Amy’s Kitchen began hiring workers in November and expects to have around 180 employees at the site.
“As a value-driven, family-owned company and a pioneer in the organic food movement, we are excited to expand our footprint and open our next facility in San Jose,” said Amy’s Kitchen in emailed comments.
Amy’s Kitchen from Petaluma has manufacturing centers in Santa Rosa. Pocatello, Idaho; and Medford, Ore. In addition to San Jose, Amy’s is also building a manufacturing center in Goshen, NY
“In direct response to the current pandemic, Amy’s is accelerating its expansion into San Jose,” the company said.
Coronavirus healthy food preferences have created a market for the company’s organic food, according to Amy’s Kitchen.
“Consumers in the pandemic continue to rely on Amy’s to meet their needs for great-tasting, high-quality, convenient meals made with organic ingredients,” the company said.
According to the company, the new facility has a total area of 65,000 square meters. In light of the security protocols associated with coronavirus, Amy has chosen a location that gives employees enough space for safe production, the company said.
Amy’s Kitchen is a family-run company that was founded in Petaluma in 1987 by Andy Berliner and Rachel Berliner and became a pioneer in frozen organic food.
Rachel Berliner was on bed rest shortly before the birth of her child – and on the order of the doctor to stay out of the kitchen.
The couple were disappointed with the poor quality of the takeaway food Andy brought home. They decided to do better by preparing and cooking their own meals.
The first dish: a pot pie based on a recipe by Eleanor Goodman, Rachel’s mother – and grandmother of the newest family member, Amy Berliner. The family business was quickly named after baby Amy.
Over the decades since then, Amy’s kitchen has responded to changing consumer needs and wants. The product line has been expanded to include gluten-free and dairy-free foods.
The company now produces more than 230 million meals a year, which are served to more than 14 million consumers.