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JENSEN MEAT CO.

Best in Town

Jensen Meat is upgrading its facility and developing products to meet increasing demand
nationwide for its ground beef and patties. BY JANICE HOPPE-SPIERS
Jensen Meat invested $4 million in its facility
last year and grew its business by 30 percent.

R
Abel Olivera, CEO
www.jensenmeat.com
San Diego

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aw, fresh and frozen ground beef and
patties are what Jensen Meat Co. knows
best. The company's focus is on growing
in the category by making facility upgrades and beginning its production season earlier
to meet its broader goal of producing 200 million
pounds annually.
The San Diego-based company moved in 2013
from a 28,000-square-foot facility in Vista, Calif., to
a 150,000-square-foot facility in the Otay Mesa area
of south San Diego. Jensen Meat was using 81,000
square feet of the new facility until it began growing
faster than expected. "We built the plant in 2013 to
have enough capacity to absorb the next five years of

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growth," CEO Abel Olivera says. "We didn't have
plans to do anything until 2018, but we grew faster
than expected."
Jensen Meat last year invested $4 million in its
facility to add two frozen production lines, believing
it would absorb the growth. "In 2017 we grew by 30
percent and we are now making decisions on what
our next steps will be," Olivera adds. "I would say
we are going to be looking at our next expansion
towards the end of 2018. We are closing 2017 with
75 million pounds of sales. Our goal last year was a
minimum of 10 percent growth and we hit 30 percent. In 2018 we expect 10 percent growth and can
absorb that with our current equipment."


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