Products manufactured by a snack food company in Kissimmee will soon appear on Walmart shelves.
Last August, a company called Easy Foods relocated manufacturing headquarters to a 97,000-square-foot production facility near Poinciana with promises for future expansion.
Now the company is celebrating a business milestone after Walmart agreed last week to begin carrying Easy Foods’s TacoMex tortillas and Vedgee Wraps in stores across the Southeast.
It’s significant because it’s the first time their products will be sold in stores. Until now, Easy Foods only distributed to the food service industry.
“We were jumping up and down when they told us we made it,” said Easy Foods CEO William Isaias. “Me and the sales rep were high-fiving like little kids.”
The number of stores that will carry the products and other details are still being worked out between Walmart and Easy Foods, Isaias said. The company signed the deal as part of Walmart’s Open Call event where entrepreneurs pitch locally made items to company executives in Arkansas. Easy Foods was one of 100 companies selected to move forward with the process last Wednesday.
Easy Foods launched over 10 years ago and remains a family-owned business. It opened in Kissimmee in August after the company grew too large for its facility in Doral near Miami.
Company executives started searching for a site more centrally located in Florida to ease transportation costs and increase access to its 65 distributors. Being close to railroad tracks was also important, since Easy Foods receives raw materials for its products via rail.
Enterprise Florida, Osceola County, the Orlando Economic Partnership, Duke Energy and Toho Water partnered on efforts to assist Easy Foods in site selection and ramping up construction quickly, according to an August press release.
It took the company jus0corporated Osceola County.
Production began in August and nearly a year later, Isaias said it’s been a great experience.
“Everything about this building was made to manufacture tortillas,” he said. “It is so much more efficient, and the community has supported us every step of the way.”
Easy Foods launched with 150 employees last year in Osceola County, but has already bumped that number to 200 workers and six active production lines.
And Isaias said there’s still more room to grow, with the capacity to double the number of production lines and hire 250 more employees.
With a Walmart retail expansion on the horizon, Isaias said he is excited to see what the future holds.
The company will share details about when and where residents can purchase the locally manufactured snack foods as soon as information become available, Isaias said.
To learn more about Easy Foods, visit www.easyfoodsinc.com.