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Flagship Food acquires land for Tortilla King expansion

Eric Schroeder

Source: Tortilla King, Inc.

MOUNDRIDGE, KAN. — Tortilla King, a subsidiary of Denver-based Flagship Food Group, LLC, has acquired approximately 18 acres of land adjacent to its manufacturing site in Moundridge as part a major expansion initiative. Tortilla King said phase one of the expansion already is underway and will increase the company’s flour tortilla manufacturing capacity by 25% once it’s complete.

Future phases of the expansion are expected to increase Tortilla King’s manufacturing capacity for tortilla chips, snacks and frozen foods. In addition, the company said it plans to develop frozen and dry warehouse and distribution capacity. Founded in 1992, Tortilla King makes private label flour tortillas, corn tortilla and tortilla chips, as well as products under the La Comida, Mama Lupe’s and Li’l Guy brands.

The investment and increased capacity are expected to benefit Flagship’s Mama Lupe’s, La Tortilla Factory, Lilly B’s and Hatch Kitchen brands.

“Flagship acquired our business last year with plans to expand on our site,” said Juan Guardiola, president of Tortilla King. “It didn’t take long for our collective team to decide that our centralized location, great people, and ample space for growth made the business case to expand our operation.”

Tortilla King employs approximately 130 people and operates five food manufacturing lines in Moundridge. The company expects the expansion project to more than double both employment count and capacity.

“Over the past couple of years Flagship has made several plant and manufacturing investments to support our brands and our customers,” said Forrest Kragten, principal at CREO Capital Partners, the financial investor behind Flagship and Tortilla King. “Service levels and reliability have set us apart, and we look forward to utilizing this facility expansion to better serve our customers.”Flagship Food, which manufactures premium and Hispanic foods under the 505 Southwestern, Lilly B’s, Hatch Kitchen, Mama Lupe’s, TJ Farms, La Tortilla Factory and other brands, also has approved expansions for manufacturing sites in California and New Mexico. 

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Schroeder, E. (2022, August 26). Flagship food acquires land for Tortilla King Expansion. Food Business News RSS. Retrieved September 2, 2022, from https://www.foodbusinessnews.net/articles/22076-flagship-food-acquires-land-for-tortilla-king-expansion

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Flagship Food Group to Expand Kansas Manufacturing Site

The manufacturer of branded and private label Hispanic foods has purchased new land to expand the production facility in Moundridge, Kan.

Zachary Russell

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Flagship Food Group, a manufacturer of branded and private label Hispanic food products, has acquired new land that will be used to expand its manufacturing site in Moundridge, Kan.

The company has acquired approximately 18 acres of land adjacent to the facility, and its board has approved a multi-phase expansion of manufacturing capabilities at the site. Phase one of the expansion is already under construction and will increase its flour tortilla manufacturing capacity by 25%. 

Future phases of the expansion are expected to increase the company’s manufacturing capacity for tortilla chips, snacks and frozen foods. Flagship Food Group said it also plans to expand frozen and dry warehouse and distribution capacity.

“Flagship acquired our business last year with plans to expand on our site,” said Juan Guardiola, President of Tortilla King. “It didn’t take long for our collective team to decide that our centralized location, great people, and ample space for growth made the business case to expand our operation.”

As part of the inward investments approved by the Flagship board, expansions are also planned for the company’s manufacturing sites in California and New Mexico.

“As we build one of the leading premium CPG food companies focused on the Hispanic sector, we’re actively investing our capital to grow our facilities,” said Rob Holland, Executive Chairman of Flagship Food Group. “We expect to significantly increase our employment numbers in Kansas and across our other sites.”

Flagship Food Group operates facilities and offices in or near Boise, Idaho, Denver, Colo., Albuquerque, N.M., Santa Rosa and San Francisco, Cal., Minneapolis, Minn. and Moundridge, Kan.

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Zachary Russell Associate Editor. (2022, August 25). Flagship Food Group to expand Kansas Manufacturing Site. Store Brands. Retrieved September 2, 2022, from https://storebrands.com/flagship-food-group-expand-kansas-manufacturing-site

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505 Southwestern Hosts ‘25 Years of Flavor’ Celebration Event at Tin Can Alley

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. & GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–505 Southwestern® (505SW™), the country’s leading Hatch Valley flame roasted green chile brand, celebrates 25 Years of Flavor this year and is hosting a major event in Albuquerque to celebrate the milestone in the location it was originally founded by local restaurateur and entrepreneur Roy Solomon. The public event, hosted at Solomon’s food hall Tin Can Alley, will feature celebrity chef and Food Network star Aaron May, and the world’s largest portable green chile roaster which will be roasting fresh Hatch Valley chiles live for attendees. In addition, guests will enjoy music from iHeartRadio affiliate 100.3 The Peak and a food demo from Aaron May with tickets starting at just $25.

The celebration is scheduled for Thursday, September 15 at 6:30pm at Tin Can Alley, on Alameda Boulevard just east of I-25. Tin Can Alley has gained national recognition as an innovative venue featuring locally inspired food, beverages, and entertainment. Santa Fe Brewing is an anchor tenant alongside several other local vendors.

As part of the year-long silver anniversary celebration of the brand, 505SW invited its fans to submit unique recipes featuring its world famous green chile. The winner of the contest, Southern California resident Merry Graham, is scheduled to be in attendance, and Chef May will share his unique twist on the winning recipe, Air Fryer Southwestern Salsa Verde Corn and Bacon Rangoons.

The event is open to the public (subject to capacity limitations) and the first 150 people to buy tickets will receive a commemorative gift bag. General admission tickets are $25 and include food from all Tin Can Alley food vendors. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite HERE.

Fans who are unable to join for the event can celebrate with 505SW virtually by participating in 25 Years of Flavor contests and virtual events by following 505SW on Facebook, TikTok, and Instagram.

“For 25 years 505SW has been committed to creating the highest quality products using the best and most simple ingredients from the Hatch Valley. Now we want to celebrate with the people who have made our success possible,” said Rob Holland, Executive Chairman of 505SW. “We will be demonstrating our commitment to our fans and communities with a recipe contest featuring incredible prizes, other giveaways, special offers, and charitable giving all year long.”

505SW started in 1997 when Albuquerque resident Roy Solomon began bottling and selling his unique recipes for green chile sauce and salsa. Honoring his local area code to develop the brand, Solomon’s “magic ingredient” was fire-roasted, Hatch Valley green chiles. With humble beginnings as a local favorite, the brand has grown today to become the largest nationally distributed jarred green chile sauce brand. 505SW is sold in every U.S. state and internationally. 505SW’s parent company, Flagship Food Group, operates multiple facilities in New Mexico throughout the state and created the 505SW – New Mexico True Scholars program in 2017 to support local New Mexico high school students interested in studying agriculture in college.

For more information about 505SW and the 25 Years of Flavor event, visit www.505southwestern.com.

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Lis, C. (2022, August 17). 505 southwestern hosts ’25 years of flavor’ celebration event at Tin Can Alley. Business Wire. Retrieved September 1, 2022, from https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20220817005626/en/505-Southwestern-Hosts-%E2%80%9825-Years-of-Flavor%E2%80%99-Celebration-Event-at-Tin-Can-Alley