The latest press release on the Dixon facility opening can be found on the Colavita website in the NEWS section. Here it is below as well:
Colavita USA is excited to announce the opening of its brand new facility in Dixon, California. The new facility dedicates 72,000 square feetto production and distribution of Colavita oils, notably its 100% California Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
California was chosen as the expansionpoint for Colavita due to its strategic location and agricultural diversity. With operations now on both the East and West Coasts, the newsite completes the company’s national profile, enhancing its capabilities to service its key accounts throughout the U.S., as well as offering its international accounts a platform for the export of California-produced goods and other specialty items.
The Dixon location in Northern California offers proximity to both the olive growing regions in the Central Valley and to the Bay Area, where the major Port of Oakland is located. Intermodal service hubs are also nearby to facilitate product transport via rail. The new facility is close to the nearby Culinary Institute of America and UC Davis Olive Center, allowing closer collaborations with these and other important local institutions.
The Dixon facility represents a $12 million investment by Colavita that turned a once general purpose warehouse into a state-of-the-art bottling plant. The new facility is equipped with sixteen stainless steel storage tanks with collective storage capacity of nearly one million liters and the main bottling lines are fully automated.
Local partnerships with the California community were also very much at the core of the company’s three year journey in constructing its new plant. “Given the project’s grand scope and the sophistication of the equipment, we needed local partners to get this done and we couldn’t be more grateful for the support received from the City of Dixon, the local contractor community and, of course, our new Dixon employee team (all from Solano and Sacramento Counties) who came in at the early stages of construction and whose hard work and expertise helped make the ‘finished product’ the success that it is,” said Anthony Profaci, Vice President of California Operations who managed all aspects of the Dixon facility project.
Moving forward in 2019, the company is now integrating the Dixon facility into its selling and marketing activities and is actively involved in the local California industry. The quickly expanding olive oil industry in California trades at a premium due to increased demand and the attractiveness of olives to the local farming community due its relatively low water requirements and efficient harvesting methods. Since Colavita does not yet own its own orchards, the company partners with local California growers, an effort led by Paolo Colavita, Vice President of Colavita USA. This allows the Colavita family to utilize its multi-generational expertise of selecting, blending and marketing high quality authentic olive oils to its clientele while solidifying its status as a driving force in the domestic oil industry.