Garcia Foods, a San Antonio family’s business that began with barbacoa, now feeds people all across the country, as well as across the border.
The company, which operates out of a large North side plant-- in the 1800 block of Jackson Keller Road-- had humble beginnings.
Andy Garcia started it in his garage in 1956, using products he got from his day job at a slaughtering plant, and a hard-earned $15 of his own money.
"He'd cook it all night long and then the next day, he'd go sell it and deliver it," said Kenny Garcia, one of Andy’s six children. “I never, ever anticipated or dreamed that it could be this big of a business."
That $15 investment has become a $15 million operation that employs dozens of people.
Barbacoa is no longer the only item on its plate.
The company has become well-known for its chorizo, and, at certain times of the year, also makes tamales the old-fashioned way -- rolling them by hand.
Over the years, there have been some changes when it comes to personnel.
Andy Garcia, now in his 80s, retired a number of years ago, leaving his children to run the business.
Kenny Garcia serves as president of the company.
Their products, which require some cooking at home, are distributed to major retailers -- such as HEB, Target and Sam’s club -- as well as restaurants and institutions across the United States and in Mexico.
Garcia said the company will soon launch a line of ready-to-eat products.