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As 2011 comes to a close, TIA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of TIA Industry Report, a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume next Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012.

Tortilla tips: Corn tortilla nixtamalization process
microbiological safety

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In recent years inspectors have become increasingly concerned about traditional nixtamalization methods. Many tortilla manufacturers across the U.S. have had inspectors make them through away steeping corn. During inspections many tortilla manufacturers have been unable to demonstrate the safety of the steeping process to regulators. The inspectors' concern is two fold. More

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Casa de Oro Foods stake sells to Gruma for $20 million
Kansas City Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A majority stake in Casa de Oro Foods, which makes wheat flour tortillas, now belongs to Gruma Corp. The sale price: $20 million. Prairie Village, Kan.-based private equity firm Plaza Belmont Management Group said recently that it sold the stake — owned with partner investors — to Gruma. More

'Blood' on tortillas? How did that happen?
Quality Assurance and Food Safety    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A major customer was surprised to find a blood-like substance on tortillas during a recent shipment. When called, the manufacturer's first reaction was "Blood on tortillas! Are you serious?" Although some complaints are surprising, trust your customer. You do not know what happened, and you will need their help. So instead of voicing the initial reaction, a better response is, "I don't know how this may have happened, but I'll look into it immediately. I will get back to you within two hours." More

La Tortilla Factory named SBA 'Small Business of the Year'
North Bay Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In 1977, La Tortilla Factory opened with $75,000 — including a $50,000 loan through the Small Business Administration. Almost 35 years later, the 300-employee business has been named Small Business of the Year by the SBA for the Northern California region. More

Huge Mexican tortilla maker buys US company    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The world's dominant tortilla and corn flour manufacturer has purchased a once locally-owned tortilla and chili company in New Mexico. In an Easter announcement, the Monterrey, Mexico-based Grupo Maseca (GRUMA) said that it had acquired the Albuquerque Tortilla Company for $8.8 million. More

Indoor/Outdoor Flour Systems

KB Systems
provides indoor/outdoor ingredient handling systems.

Storage and conveying of bulk flour from storage tanks to multiple delivery points is completely computerized.

Modular designs include features such as PLC programmable control systems, centrifugal sifting and overfill protection. Weigh stations for both horizontal and spiral mixers.

Over 500 systems installed.

Phone (610) 588-7788

Thinking it was cocaine, North Carolina police jail man for cheese and tortilla dough
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Antonio Hernandez Carranza had what pretty much anyone would agree is four unfortunate days. The Asheville Citizen-Times reports on Hernandez's spate of bad luck and string of misunderstandings. More

Corn prices up; Tortilla factory not passing costs to consumers
KSAZ-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Famous for their tortillas and chips, the La Canasta Tortilla Factory makes about 1.2 million tortillas a day, but the cost of corn — their main ingredient, keeps going up. "Very challenging ... it gets to the point where you want to pull your hair out and say when is this going to stop," said La Canasta's Josie Ippelito. More

“We have been really happy with the Quickdraft Demister Filtration System on our Chip Fryer. It exceeds our expectations.”
Manuel Fine Foods
Mike Torres, Vice-President

“We recommend Quickdraft Exhausters to all of our customers. All moving parts are out of the air stream.”
J.C. Ford Company
Scott Mattias, Senior Engineer

Tortilla factory a step closer to opening
Chelsea Record    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Though it's not yet all wrapped up, a tortilla factory's proposal received an important approval last week in its quest to locate in Chelsea. But there's not yet time for a siesta, as the company has one more fiesta scheduled before the Zoning Board this month. More

Title Description Contact
Worker Available
Quality Control Manager Available Ten years as Quality Control Manager, 16 years of experience in pharmaceutical laboratories: Four years as production manufacturing process supervisor, seven years as technical manufacturing support engineer and five years as QC Supervisor/analyst. For more information please contact or call 805-754-98-52.
Position Available
Food Technologist Applies scientific and engineering principles in research, development, production technology, quality control, packaging, processing and utilization of foods: Conducts basic research and new product research and development of foods.

Develops new and improved methods and systems for food processing, production, quality control, packaging and distribution. Develops food standards, safety and sanitary regulations, and waste management and water supply specifications. Knowledge of, and/or certification in, HACCP, GMP's required. Supervise a staff of 4-6 QC Techs. Bi-lingual English/Spanish speaker, located in Los Angeles.
Please respond by email with resume to Liz Onodera at
Production Manager Reviews production orders and plans production operations to meet delivery dates. Ensures production and quality of products meet specifications. Develops standard operational and working practices and observes workers to ensure compliance with standards. Inspects machinery and equipment to ensure specific operational performance and optimal utilization. Reviews production and operating reports and resolves operational, manufacturing and maintenance problems to ensure minimum costs and prevent operational delays. Bi-lingual English/Spanish speaker is required. Located in Los Angeles. Please respond by email with resume to Liz Onodera at
Services available
Tortilla and Snack Consultant Online, phone or at your business. I have 28 years of experience in production, sanitation, maintenance, 6-S, continuous improvement, quality, R&D, sales and distribution. I have lead production line start-ups, expansions and equipment purchasing. I can audit your business and provide you with action plans on reducing operating costs. Email:
web site:
Company For Sale
Tortilla manufacturer for sale Branded products. Located in the Western U.S. Sales near $10 million, over 100 employees. Detailed prospectus available. Contact Arnie Lakeyn-Broker, The Paragon Group, 480-776-5831,
Equipment For Sale
Moline spiral mixer Moline spiral mixer, Model #2528M08340. 100lb. capacity 208vac, 3ph. Good condition. very little use after rebuild. Available immediately. Buyer picks up or pays for shipping. Pictures available upon request. $7,000. Contact: Dave Gonzales at
Lawrence Equip. Micro/combo tortilla line Micro/Combo tortilla line. Will make both corn and flour tortillas. Flour tortillas made one at a time using hand load method. Corn tortillas use the included mini sheeter assy. 208vac, 3ph, 40 FLA. Line rebuilt in 2007. Buyer picks up or pays for shipping. Pictures available upon request. $10,000. Contact: Dave Gonzales at
Stephan Microcut Dry Rework Machine (Model# MCH 20K) This rework machine has never been used and works with all tortilla products. Rework up to 10 percent of your batch weight. Process up to 2,500 lbs./hr. There is no metal to metal contact and very simple to operate. Current retail price $44,500. Asking $25,000 OBO. For additional information and pictures please contact Eduardo Wijnveldt of California Mexican Foods, Inc. (805) 486-2926, or
Corn Masa Mixer (Techno Maiz) Model #MM-400 Power Requirements: 460 voltage 3 phase 60 Hz. This 7.5 HP masa mixer has a finished masa capacity of up to 400 lbs. Made completely from stainless steel. Asking $12,500 OBO. For additional information and pictures please contact Eduardo Wijnveldt of California Mexican Foods, Inc. (805) 486-2926, or
Model #: 54-60 Premier — $19,500 Serial No: A476; Pre-owned Premier 54-60 up to 6 row counter stacker that can be converted to either corn or flour. Corn machines can count and stack 4" to 7" corn tortillas at a max production rate of up to 5400 dz/hr. Flour machines can count and stack 5" to 14" flour tortillas at a max production rate of up to 4800 dz/hr. Sold new for $50,250 Arr-Tech will sell for $19,500 don't miss this deal. For additional information please contact Matt Marquis at Arr Tech.
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